May 16,2021

More than 10,000 pieces of new news a day. News update non-stop 24/7.  Covid Live Updates: Assault on Gaza Halts Vaccinations.  Fans return to Wembley Stadium as part of Britain’s trials to resume large-scale gatherings.  Eric Ripert gives Caesar salad a French twist: The gratin treatment.  Here are 13 of the week’s best photos.  The Plot, by Jean Hanff Korelitz book review.  Fans travel to Houston to witness a coronation, escape coronavirus restrictions at UFC 262.  Confused Americans grapple with CDC’s new mask rules: ‘It caught us off guard’.  Opinion : Who should anti-Trump Republicans be rooting for? Centrist Democrats..  Opinion : Bob Caslen is more than his worst mistake.  For a minute, we boomers were special again. Now they’ll let anyone get a vaccine..  More than 10,000 pieces of new news a day. News update non-stop 24/7.  Opinion : Don’t blame George W. Bush for the GOP’s authoritarianism. It’s Trump’s fault..  CDC director defends decision to loosen mask requirements.  From The Sunday Read Archive: ‘Weird Al Yankovic’s Weirdly Enduring Appeal’.  How a common, often harmless virus called cytomegalovirus can damage a fetus.  As menopause approaches, some women suffer ‘brain fog’ and memory loss. What’s causing these problems?.  Michele Pinczuk, writer, filmmaker and U-Md. hip-hop DJ, dies at 27.  Alexandria will remove police from public school hallways.  The bizarre story of the inventor of ransomware.  Severe storms spark flash flood threat for central US.  'SNL' tackles masks for vaccinated people in ridiculous scene.  
Covid Live Updates: Assault on Gaza Halts Vaccinations
       
Live Covid Live Updates: Assault on Gaza Halts Vaccinations U.N. officials fear a super-spread among Palestinians clustered in shelters. : Schools should continue with universal masking and physical distancingThe assault on Gaza halts Covid shots and could spread the virus, U.N. officials warn. A staff member of the World Health Organization receives a Covid vaccine in March in Gaza City. official, said that before the vaccinations had stopped, 38,000 people in Gaza had received at least one dose of vaccine. Russia’s Sputnik vaccine and the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine were given at three Gaza hospitals, and AstraZeneca’s vaccine was being administered at smaller health centers.
Fans return to Wembley Stadium as part of Britain’s trials to resume large-scale gatherings
       
WorldFans return to Wembley Stadium as part of Britain’s trials to resume large-scale gatheringsThe Post’s Karla Adam spoke to fans on May 15 near Wembley Stadium for the FA Cup final, one of Britain's first large-scale events as coronavirus limits recede.
Eric Ripert gives Caesar salad a French twist: The gratin treatment
       
Back to the vegetables. A prime example of Ripert’s approach is the Caesar-salad gratin. You make a simple dressing, grate a lot — I mean a lot — of Parmesan cheese, then brush the dressing on the cut side of halved romaine hearts, sprinkle with the cheese and slip them under the broiler for a few minutes. The result is something that straddles the line between raw and cooked, hot and cold, and I found it nothing short of astonishing, in a why-didn’t-I-think-of-that kind of way but also in a when-am-I-making-this-again kind of way. Ripert said he came up with it with friend and fellow chef Laurent Manrique one day when they craved Caesar salad but wanted something more.
Here are 13 of the week’s best photos
       
The U.S. artistic swimming team trains in California for the Tokyo Olympics; President Biden and Vice President Harris share a maskless moment in the White House Rose Garden; the worst violence between Israelis and Palestinians since 2014; Muslims attend Eid al-Fitr prayers in Indonesia to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan. See 11 of the week’s most interesting and gripping images from around the world, selected by Washington Post photo editors.
The Plot, by Jean Hanff Korelitz book review
       
Succumbing to self-loathing one night, Jacob searches online for his old student. Sure, he was obnoxious, but the plot of his novel-in-progress was fabulous. Jacob should know because one night at Ripley, Parker broke his silence and boastfully described the story to Jacob. To his shock, Jacob discovers Parker’s obituary online: He died, probably of an overdose, shortly after that summer session ended. But Jacob is alive, and it would be a crime to let that spectacular story vanish into the ether.
Fans travel to Houston to witness a coronation, escape coronavirus restrictions at UFC 262
       
UFC 261, the promotion’s first full capacity event in more than a year, brought more than 15,000 fans to VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville last month. UFC President Dana White called the scene “insane” and hailed the event as a reason to reinstate normalcy; although coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths were all slightly up in Florida in the two weeks preceding the event. A quarter of the state’s total population had been fully vaccinated at the time, and medical experts said large indoor gatherings carried added risk.
Confused Americans grapple with CDC’s new mask rules: ‘It caught us off guard’
       
At a Friday city council meeting, Minneapolis officials debated whether getting rid of the mask mandate would exacerbate racial disparities. “If the information that you’re giving us is that in more affluent and Whiter parts of town, lifting the mask mandate would be a pleasurable fun thing that would probably be safe; and if in other parts of town where people haven’t had access to the vaccine, it means people will get sick and die, I think it’s very clear what the choice is,” said council member Steve Fletcher, who represents an area of downtown Minneapolis.
Opinion : Who should anti-Trump Republicans be rooting for? Centrist Democrats.
       
Well, disaffected Republicans, ex-Republicans and Republicans who voted for President Biden can use their money, voices and votes to bolster centrist Democrats. Think Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Sen. Christopher A. Coons (D-Del. ), Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) or Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-N.J.). Each of these lawmakers is strong on national security, incrementalist on health-care reform, an ardent opponent of voter suppression (but pragmatists on what can pass), a supporter of infrastructure (but concerned with how to pay for it), pro-trade, pro-legal immigration and clear-eyed on border security. If Republicans cannot be trusted with government, then it is in the interest of the country for the Democratic Party to govern smartly and retain appeal beyond its core base.
Opinion : Bob Caslen is more than his worst mistake
       
We are right to push ourselves to try new things. We are also sometimes slow to recognize our own limitations. Managing this tug of war with ourselves is a lifetime challenge. I like to tell young people to “try big.” Because it is better to try big and fail big than not to try at all.
For a minute, we boomers were special again. Now they’ll let anyone get a vaccine.
       
After that, you probably saw my husband and me on Facebook, grinning wildly and showing off our vaccine cards like they were Phi Beta Kappa certificates. “We’re blessed!” we announced on Instagram and Twitter, confessing how choked up we had gotten at the vaccine sites. Or maybe you glimpsed us at restaurants, noisily mugging and hugging other vaccinated boomer friends. (Yes, they’d missed us terribly.) And wasn’t it wonderful to fly when the airports and planes weren’t so crowded?
Opinion : Don’t blame George W. Bush for the GOP’s authoritarianism. It’s Trump’s fault.
       
The response from some on the left is, essentially, ho-hum, so what’s new here? The Atlantic’s Adam Serwer, one of the most acute analysts of Republican racism, argues that “the logic of the War on Terror” is also “the logic of the party of Trump”: “The Enemy has no rights, and anyone who imagines otherwise, let alone seeks to uphold them, is also The Enemy.” He cites the Daily Beast’s Spencer Ackerman, who has a new book coming out arguing that the post-9/11 policies “created a foundation for American authoritarianism.” Other pundits have made similar arguments.
CDC director defends decision to loosen mask requirements
       
“Right now, the data, the science shows us that it’s safe for vaccinated people to take off their masks. "If they are vaccinated and they are not wearing a mask, they are safe. If they are not vaccinated and they are not wearing a mask, they are not safe." Asked about the timing of the decision, Walensky said that “we have science that has really evolved just even in the last week,” pointing to new studies released in recent days. We needed this building block, this first step, so we could say: This is the science upon which all future guidance will be based upon.”
From The Sunday Read Archive: ‘Weird Al Yankovic’s Weirdly Enduring Appeal’
       
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How a common, often harmless virus called cytomegalovirus can damage a fetus
       
“I never knew I was vulnerable and my obstetrician never told me to be careful around Georgia,” LaPlante says. “No one said: ‘Don’t share utensils, or put her pacifier in your mouth. I wasn’t ever told the things not to do. I went back to my obstetrician and told her I was upset, and she told me that [discussing CMV] wasn’t a part of standard prenatal care. Had I known earlier, I would have tested Audre’s hearing more regularly and caught the decline in her hearing more quickly.”
As menopause approaches, some women suffer ‘brain fog’ and memory loss. What’s causing these problems?
       
“I think it’s very clear that a subgroup of women do develop depression, for some for the first time in their lives, and there is evidence that declining estrogen contributes to its development,” says Peter Schmidt, chief of the behavioral endocrinology branch at the National Institute of Mental Health and one of the study authors. Replacing waning estrogen “does seem to be effective in improving mood,” he adds.
Michele Pinczuk, writer, filmmaker and U-Md. hip-hop DJ, dies at 27
       
“Fortunately, I’ve never had to endure the horrors that were inflicted upon Anne,” Ms. Pinczuk wrote, “but I understand the importance of living and not merely surviving — the power of hope and the influence of writing. Although I’ve had to come to grips with my own mortality through battling chronic illness, I appreciate Anne’s implication of living on after death. Even though you die, your words can still flourish.”
Alexandria will remove police from public school hallways
       
The council voted 4-to-3 on May 3 to reallocate nearly $800,000 used for the School Resource Officer program, which sent five officers into Alexandria’s one public high school and three public middle schools to patrol the hallways and keep order. The money will go instead toward initiatives meant to boost students’ mental health, although city officials are still working out the fine details with Alexandria City Public Schools. They have until July to come up with a spending plan, which will be subject to approval by the council.
The bizarre story of the inventor of ransomware
       
(CNN) Eddy Williems was working for an insurance company in Belgium back in December 1989 when he popped the floppy disc into his computer. A few days after inserting the disc, Williems' computer locked and a message appeared demanding that he send $189 in an envelope to a PO Box in Panama. The floppy discs were sent to addresses all over the world obtained from a mailing list. He allegedly told authorities he had planned to donate the ransom money to AIDS research. He obviously had strong feelings about AIDS and AIDS research."
Severe storms spark flash flood threat for central US
       
The central US has seen days of rain and storms and the beginning of the week looks to be a wash out as well. Meteorologist Allison Chinchar is here with the flood threat and the storm timeline.
'SNL' tackles masks for vaccinated people in ridiculous scene
       
Kate McKinnon -- as Dr. Anthony Fauci -- opened this weekend's show with ridiculous everyday scenarios that attempted to answer questions surrounding the latest federal guidelines on mask requirements for fully vaccinated people. "It's your boy, Fauci, the patron saint of Purell," McKinnon's Fauci opened. McKinnon's Fauci said. Scenarios for proper mask wearing completely devolve in the latest "Saturday Night Live" cold open. The first scene, "man walks into a bar," unfolds as a woman welcomes a masked man into a bar, and the man asks if he needs to remain masked indoors.
Colonial Pipeline attack: A 'wake up call' about the threat of ransomware
       
DarkSide , the criminal gang that the FBI has confirmed was behind the Colonial attack, isn't believed to be state-backed. After the Colonial shutdown, DarkSide said on its website that it is a "profit motivated" entity and not a political organization. That may be among the reasons why Colonial shut down its pipeline — to disconnect the machines running the fuel line. Colonial Pipeline ended up paying DarkSide this week as it tried to get back up and running, sources told CNN . Going forward, the US government could also play a greater role in helping to reduce the threat of ransomware attacks.
100 years ago, this area was known as Black Wall Street. Then it came to a heartbreaking end
       
Dreamland: The Burning of Black Wall Street " explores the history of Black Wall Street and the violent events of 1921 that resulted in the slaughter of hundreds of African American residents in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The district was founded by Black men and women -- many of whom were descendants of slaves -- and it became known as Black Wall Street. Hide Caption 5 of 8 Photos: Meet 9 entrepreneurs who shaped Black Wall Street Edward P. McCabe – E.P. Hide Caption 7 of 8 Photos: Meet 9 entrepreneurs who shaped Black Wall Street Mabel B. That is what allowed it to grow and become the Black Wall Street of America," said Hill.
CDC director defends decision to loosen mask requirements
       
“Right now, the data, the science shows us that it’s safe for vaccinated people to take off their masks. "If they are vaccinated and they are not wearing a mask, they are safe. If they are not vaccinated and they are not wearing a mask, they are not safe." Asked about the timing of the decision, Walensky said that “we have science that has really evolved just even in the last week,” pointing to new studies released in recent days. We needed this building block, this first step, so we could say: This is the science upon which all future guidance will be based upon.”
Israel strike on media building provokes outrage
       
Press freedom advocates have condemned Saturday's Israeli airstrike on a Gaza building that housed offices of foreign media, including The Associated Press and Al-Jazeera. Israel's military has defended targeting the tower, saying that Hamas had a military intelligence office in the building and used journalists as human shields. The al-Jalaa building housing Associated Press and Al Jazeera media offices is hit by an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on Saturday. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich, said in a tweet that Israel was targeting media "so the world can't see Israel's war crimes." Smoke rising from what was the building housing our @AP office in #Gaza moments after Israeli jets destroyed it.
Cheney on direction of GOP: 'Dangerous'
       
"I think there's no question" that something like Jan. 6 could happen again, Cheney said. "I mean, you know, we've now seen the consequences. We've — we've seen how far the president — President Trump was willing to go. Cheney was stripped of her position because of her willingness to publicly reject Trump's theories about a rigged election. Cheney also said that Trump's conspiracy-mongering bolsters enemies of democracy overseas.
CDC chief said change on mask guidance not due to public pressure
       
Just weeks earlier, the White House was still urging the public to not let its guard down and to continue to adhere to its strict guidelines — masks included. And as host Chris Wallace noted, as of Wednesday night, Walensky was still arguing that even those who have been fully vaccinated should continue to wear masks indoors — a stark contrast to Thursday's CDC announcement. "But I'm delivering the science as the science is delivered to the medical journals and, you know, it evolved over this last week. Walensky added that current medical guidance is relatively simple: get vaccinated. Please go get vaccinated or continue to wear your mask," she said.
We're Still Waiting For The Promise Of Brown v. Board Of Education To Be Fulfilled
       
Ralph Crane via Getty Images Part of a photo essay on school desegregation, following the Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education in 1954. But when the Brown ruling finally etched itself upon the country, the social stuff of that imprinting behaved in ways other than intended. I returned to my neighborhood school after that trial semester at the predominantly white school, but it had changed. Carl Iwasaki via Getty Images Portrait of the Black students and their parents who initiated Brown v. Board in Topeka, Kansas, 1953. But the implementation of Brown compared Black neighborhoods to white neighborhoods and that comparison ended up devaluing Black schools, values and life.
Man charged with wife’s murder illegally cast her ballot for Trump, officials say: ‘I just thought, give him another vote’
       
“Oh Suzanne, if anyone is out there that can hear this, that has you, please, we’ll do whatever it takes to bring you back. … No questions asked,” he said in the video posted on Facebook. I will do whatever it takes to get you back. Honey, I love you. I want you back so bad.”
Maya Wiley Lands Major Endorsement From Rep. Hakeem Jeffries
       
In the June primary, New Yorkers will be able to rank up to five mayoral candidates, and Mr. Jeffries indicated that he might reveal other rankings of his choices for mayor but said he had not yet reached a decision on how he would proceed. In the interview, he sketched out a detailed map of what he saw as Ms. Wiley’s path to victory, though certainly, with a crowded field of candidates, there is significant competition for every major political constituency in New York. “I expect that Eric Adams and Maya Wiley will perform the best in the communities of central Brooklyn, as well as in other traditionally African-American neighborhoods throughout the city of New York,” Mr. Jeffries said, going on to note Ms. Wiley’s potential in “both traditionally African-American communities” and parts of the city that are home to many white liberals, mentioning neighborhoods like Chelsea, in Manhattan, and progressive Brooklyn enclaves. “That’s a pretty powerful electoral pathway, if the campaign can continue to put it together over the next few weeks,” he said. Some rival Democrats have feared the prospect of a late surge from Ms. Wiley, and the coming weeks will test her ability to execute on that possibility.
Yvette Lee Bowser Is The Genius Behind Our TV Best Friends
       
Illustration: Damon Dahlen/HuffPost; Photos: Nolwen Cifuentes/STARZ Yvette Lee Bowser, creator of "Living Single," is now the showrunner for the new series "Run The World." Just watching Khadijah, Regine (Kim Fields), Synclaire (Kim Coles) and Maxine (Erika Alexander) dancing and laughing in the opening credits of “Living Single” is enough to pep up your mood. Warner Bros./Alamy Bowser has always focused on portraying strong, realistic female friendships in her shows, including "Living Single." “The story of ‘Run The World’ is one of those opportunities that probably wouldn’t have existed 10 years ago,” Bowser said. Most profoundly, though, there’s something entirely fresh about its approach to depicting Black women and friendships.
How 'sex addiction' has historically been used to absolve white men
       
Currently, the idea that sex addiction is a disorder is not supported by research, nor is it accepted as a clinical diagnosis, she said. “A lot of individuals who are doing this kind of self-reports of sexual addiction are having normative sexual behaviors and urges, but they might be excessive. In examining acts of gender-based violence, Alexander said such attacks often occur at the intersection of misogyny, racism, xenophobia and homophobia. Still, sex addiction is a common defense invoked by white men in power. “There have been examinations recently of television shows and even movies from years ago that depicted Asian women as temptresses, which appear to prove these stereotypes of Asian women as fact,” she said.
Kobe Bryant’s Hal of Fame induction will help basketball heal
       
“People don’t know this, but one of the reasons my husband played through injuries and pain was because he said he remembered being a little kid, sitting in the nosebleeds with his dad to watch his favorite player play,” Vanessa Bryant said looking back at Jordan. “He could recall the car ride, the convos and the excitement of being lucky enough to have a seat in the arena. Kobe didn’t want to disappoint his fans, especially the ones in the 300 section that saved up to watch him play, the kids with the same excitement he once had.
AP president details evacuating staff from Gaza building
       
The fighting between Israelis and Palestinians reached new heights as an Israeli airstrike in Gaza leveled an office building that housed international media offices, including Al Jazeera and the Associated Press. CNN's Jessica Dean spoke with AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt about what his staff there experienced.
The Washington Post will soon have a woman as its top editor. And yes, that matters.
       
The benefits of diverse leadership can be subtle and hard to pin down. But they are real. They have to do with is one’s formed-in-the-crucible understanding of the validity of various points of view, particularly those of “the other.” They have to do with mentoring staffers of all ages, races and genders. And with openness to approaches that, even in an industry that can be hidebound, aren’t “because we’ve always done it that way.”
White supremacists attacked Johnny Cash for marrying a ‘Negro’ woman. But was his first wife Black?
       
“My Baby,” Cash wrote to Liberto on March 29, 1952 at 11 a.m. “I just went to mail call and I got two more letters from you. That makes seven in the last three days. I think about you every minute of the day and you’re with me wherever I go. Don’t ever worry about me stopping loving you darling because I know I never will. I’ve gotten you so deep under my skin that you’re a part of me.”
Q&A with Katey Sagal: Singing with Bob Dylan, playing Peg and Rebel on TV, and how she’s managed to play leads into her 60s
       
A: When I would go on the road, I’d come home and I was working at a restaurant where I was a singing waitress. So Kiss came in one night and it was right after their first album and they had started happening. So I was their waitress and I sang them a song, and Gene sort of had a feeling toward me. I had taken him to see my band, and he took us to Casablanca and Neil Bogart signed us. The band was called — I’m going to tell you the worst band name ever — it was Neil Bogart’s idea, we were called “The Group With No Name,” I swear to God.
Matthew McConaughey making calls as he weighs running for Texas governor
       
Despite his superstardom, McConaughey remains a Texas resident — he lives in Austin with his wife Camila and three children. What’s less clear is what kind of platform McConaughey would run on or even which party banner he would run under. A McConaughey run as an independent would likely strip both Democratic and Independent voters away and tip the scales in favor of Abbott. Meanwhile the Democratic Party has no announced candidate as of yet. He also has personal ties to the moneyed oil world in Texas: His brother, Mike “Rooster” McConaughey, is a self-made millionaire in Midland.
‘Feeding frenzy’: Florida’s big push to remake gambling
       
State legislators are also worried that they could open the door to future casinos, including one at former President Donald Trump’s resort near Miami. “You cannot put that much money on the table and not have a feeding frenzy,” said state Rep. Evan Jenne, one of the leaders of the House Democrats. But Sprowls isn’t calling up lawmakers and asking that they vote for any of the gambling bills. READY FOR COURTWhile the passage of a comprehensive gambling deal will be a legislative victory for Simpson and DeSantis, it is unlikely to be the end of the drama. No Casinos previously backed a 2018 amendment on casino gambling that mandated voters would have a say over future casinos.
Your All-Purpose Wonk’s Guide to Why D.C. Statehood Is So Hard
       
But the essential point is that these electoral votes would be cast by more or less nobody. But the idea that three people, or 20, or a few hundred, would control three electoral votes is absurd. It also raises one of the many political friction points around D.C. statehood. All you need to do is repeal the 23rd Amendment; state legislatures will be eager to eliminate those three (likely Democratic) electoral votes. And what it looks like is that any “solution” to D.C. statehood, like other progressive wishes (passing voting rights by killing the filibuster) requires the same kind of solution that economists use to fix a leak: “First, assume a wrench.”
Opinion | How Many ‘Special Envoys’ Does Joe Biden Need?
       
The historical record, from Afghanistan and North Korea to Syria and Haiti, provides ample cause for skepticism about the value of special envoys. Several factors account for special envoys’ lackluster scorecard. Other times, according to multiple studies, special envoys build duplicative structures for dealing with and reporting on the issues. More often than not, however, special envoys fail to live up to the much-hyped expectations. In each case, integrating what would have been the special envoy’s function into existing structures ensured a continuity of personnel and expertise without creating additional bureaucracy.
WATCH: GOP targets Cheney, Fauci and voting rights legislation
       
The monthslong feud between Rep. Liz Cheney and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy officially came to a head this week, as Republicans voted to oust her from her congressional leadership position. But it wasn’t just Cheney caught in the Republican crossfire: Anthony Fauci sparred with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), while Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell attacked voting rights legislation as more Republican states pass stricter voting laws across the country. Cheney reacts to ousting from GOP leadershipAfter months of battling within the House GOP, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) Fauci and Paul spar over Covid-19, againIt's not new to see National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci debating the validity of Covid-19 science with Republican lawmakers such as Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio). This week, Fauci's sharp comments were leveled at Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who questioned Fauci during a Senate health committee hearing.
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China calls for U.N. council action, slams U.S.
       
BEIJING — Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has called on the U.N. Security Council to seek an early de-escalation of violence between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers. He also blamed the U.S. for the council’s lack of action so far. “Regrettably, the council has so far failed to reach an agreement, with the United States standing on the opposite side of international justice,” the state-run Xinhua News Agency quoted Wang as saying in a phone conversation Saturday with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi. He expressed support for a two-state solution, and said China, which holds the Security Council presidency this month, expects all parties to speak with a unified voice when the council discusses the conflict later Sunday.
Israeli strikes kill 26, topple buildings in Gaza City
       
Hamas fired rockets toward Jerusalem late Monday, triggering the Israeli assault on Gaza. At least 181 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza, including 52 children and 31 women, with 1,225 wounded. On Saturday it destroyed the home of Khalil al-Hayeh, a senior figure in Hamas’ political branch. Hamas’ upper echelon has gone into hiding in Gaza, and it is unlikely any were at home at the time of the strikes. The military said 450 of the rockets had fallen short or misfired, while Israeli air defenses intercepted 1,150.
Biden pressed to send clear message on economy as warning signs flash
       
“Every increase in food, gas and household good prices, even increases of just a few cents, negatively impact families. “I really believe that the economy was improving on its own,” said Sen. White House officials say they consider inflation as part of a broad range of economic indicators they track as shepherds of the economy. “Communicating its intent, in fact, is how the Fed executes policy. I think it would be best if Treasury officials didn’t complicate that challenge.”
Desperate for treatment, Covid 'long haulers' push for 9/11-style health registry
       
It would create a voluntary Covid registry that would help New York’s health department collect data to study any trends or treatments that might benefit patients. The idea of a Covid registry has at least one high-profile backer inside the White House. The agency said it’s trying to understand how common long Covid symptoms are, why some people are more susceptible and whether people can develop new symptoms long after infection. But labor and patient advocacy groups say a national Covid registry would be more comprehensive than these individual studies. That means more people potentially developing long-term symptoms who will need diagnosis, treatment and financial support.
Hundreds of bodies found buried in shallow graves along Indian riverbanks
       
In jeeps and boats, the police used portable loudspeakers with microphones asking people not to dispose of the bodies in rivers. On Friday, rains exposed the cloth coverings of bodies buried in shallow sand graves on the riverbank in Prayagraj, a city in Uttar Pradesh state. “I bet these bodies have nothing to do with Covid-19,” he said. Sehgal state authorities have found “a small number” of bodies on the riverbanks, he said, but didn’t give a figure. Health authorities last week retrieved 71 bodies that washed up on the Ganges River bank in neighboring Bihar state.
Afghan cease-fire ends after wave of violence amid calls for fresh peace talks
       
KABUL, Afghanistan — A three-day cease-fire marked by violent attacks — most claimed by the Islamic State group — ended Sunday in Afghanistan amid calls for renewed peace talks between the government and the Taliban. They renewed their commitment to finding a peaceful end to the war and called for an early start to talks that have been stalled, he said. The U.S. has been pressing for accelerated talks as it withdraws the last of its 2,500-3,500 soldiers and NATO its remaining 7,000 allied forces. Even as the Taliban and government signed on to the cease-fire, which was declared to mark the Islamic holiday of Eid-al-Fitr, violence continued unabated in Afghanistan. Wang called the withdrawal hasty and warmed it would “severely” impact the Afghan peace process and negatively affect regional stability, He called on the United Nations to play a greater role.
Israeli Strikes Kill 26, Topple Buildings In Gaza City
       
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City flattened three buildings and killed at least 26 people Sunday, medics said, making it the deadliest single attack since heavy fighting broke out between Israel and the territory’s militant Hamas rulers nearly a week ago. Earlier, the Israeli military said it destroyed the home of Gaza’s top Hamas leader, Yahiyeh Sinwar, in a separate strike in the southern town of Khan Younis. Adel Hana via AP People insect the the rubble of the Yazegi residential building that was destroyed by an Israeli airstrike, in Gaza City, Sunday, May 16, 2021. Israel has leveled a number of Gaza City’s tallest office and residential buildings, alleging they contain Hamas military infrastructure. “We have had no indication Hamas was in the building or active in the building,” AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt said in a statement.
This Is What No One Tells You About Being Child-Free In Your 40s
       
It’s hard because I did want kids, so I’m envious, but it’s also hard because my friends’ departure into parenthood feels like betrayal. It’s hard because I did want kids, so I’m envious, but it’s also hard because my friends’ departure into parenthood feels like betrayal. When your friends move into parenthood and you don’t, there’s no map for the terrain you move into instead. I’m getting used to my smaller role in my parent friends’ lives. I’m spending more time with my childfree or part-time (divorced) parent friends.
Host Keegan-Michael Key Shares Love Affair With 'SNL,' Then Takes On The Muppets
       
Sketch comedy veteran Keegan-Michael Key couldn’t quite believe he had made it to “Saturday Night Live” to host the program for the first time ever. Key, a longtime star of MadTV and “Key & Peele,” sweetly recalled the hours he watched the show as a boy in Detroit, never dreaming he would one day be on the stage. Key called himself a “super fan” of “Saturday Night Live” even as a “little kid.”“I grew up a block south of 8 Mile Road in Detroit and I used to sneak downstairs to watch ‘SNL’ every week. Then the two discover the Muppets don’t have any legs when they try to eject them. Check out Key’s monologue up top, and the Muppets sketch here:
Live Updates: Airstrike Kills Dozens in Gaza as U.N. Security Council Prepares to Meet
       
Live Live Updates: Airstrike Kills Dozens in Gaza as U.N. Security Council Prepares to Meet An Israeli attack overnight appeared to be the deadliest of the current hostilities. Searching for survivors under the rubble of a building hit overnight by an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City on Sunday. Over the past week, the 15-member U.N. Security Council met privately at least twice to discuss ways of reducing tensions. Rick Gladstone, Shashank Bengali andIsrael’s attack on a press building in Gaza draws condemnations. An Israeli airstrike destroyed a prominent building in Gaza City on Saturday that housed media outlets, including The Associated Press and Al Jazeera.
The Assorted Teachings of Dogecoin
       
In 2013, two friends who met in a chat room created Dogecoin as a joke. Named after a meme of an expressive dog, it was meant to mock the self-serious cryptocurrencies of the time, many of which never took off. The joke did, though, and it spawned a community of enthusiasts who kept it alive for years — at a negligible price. For new Dogecoin holders looking to make a buck, it’s been quite the ride. For those who bought the currency when it was virtually worthless, perhaps as a long-forgotten joke, things have been substantially weirder.
Secret Sharers: The Hidden Ties Between Private Spies and Journalists
       
For their part, private intelligence firms take on jobs that others don’t know how to do or don’t want to get caught doing. Jules Kroll, who created the modern-day private intelligence industry in the 1970s, broke that mold by leaking information directly to reporters. He sold Fusion GPS to clients by emphasizing his connections at major media outlets and assured journalists that he was really still one of them. And when Mr. Trump emerged in 2016 as the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, lawyers for Hillary Clinton’s campaign hired Fusion to dig into ties between Mr. Trump and Russia. And when speaking about Mr. Trump and Russia, he came across as calm, understated and confident, according to reporters who attended the meetings.
Scenes From America’s Reopening
       
But after a year of isolation, it has all been a bit uncertain, both familiar and not quite. The approach to reopening has been much like the nation’s patchwork response to the virus: conflicting guidance, competing narratives and Americans left to gauge their own comfort levels. Ashlee Wolsky, 23 and fully vaccinated, felt comfortable attending the reopening of Arthur’s Barn in Arthur, N.D., where revelers flipped one another over on the crowded floor of the honky-tonk. The old routine of dressing up to go out on a Friday night felt newly charged. “You don’t know anything about them, but it’s a familiar face in the barn,” she said.
‘S.N.L.’ Is Just as Confused About the New Mask Guidelines as You Are
       
Best of Disney Plus‘S.N.L.’ Is Just as Confused About the New Mask Guidelines as You AreIn the opening sketch of “Saturday Night Live,” Kate McKinnon played Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, attempting to explain the latest recommendations for people who are fully vaccinated. Keegan-Michael Key hosted “Saturday Night Live” this week. Credit... NBC
Daniel Patrick Moynihan Was Often Right. Joe Klein on Why It Still Matters.
       
My favorite Moynihan story came from Tim Russert, who was the senator’s driver in the late 1970s. One evening in New York, Russert went to pick up Moynihan at the Carlyle Hotel. Ha!” Russert paused. Moynihan was flushed from the Department of Labor, exiled to academia, ran for City Council president in New York and lost. “The antipoverty program came to be associated with the kind of bad manners and arrogance that are more the mark of the rich than the poor,” Moynihan wrote.
D.C.-area forecast: Cloudier with a shower chance today; warmer weather on the way
       
Today (Sunday): Temperatures rising into the 60s give us a pleasant morning despite plenty of clouds. We should see some scattered showers moving in from the west after 1 or 2 p.m., and can’t rule out a thundershower. Most of the showers should be on the light side, and not likely to do your lawn or garden many favors, but may chase you indoors sooner than you’d like. Afternoon highs reach the low-to-mid 70s with a light wind from the south. Confidence: Medium-High
Israel, Masks, Triple Crown: Your Weekend Briefing
       
We talked to more than 700 epidemiologists on when and how Americans can fully return to normal activities. As of Saturday, 36 percent of people in the U.S. are fully vaccinated. Masks, social distancing and other restrictions bought crucial time for Americans to get immunized and helped stave off a fourth wave of infections. Now masks can come off for fully vaccinated Americans in most situations, the C.D.C. With restrictions easing, Americans from Maine to Montana are returning to concert halls, houses of worship and soapbox derbies in all 50 states.
Unemployment Pay May Again Require a Job Search. Is It Too Soon?
       
“I would say one out of four times, someone would give me a call back,” he said. Most states cut off unemployment benefits after 26 weeks. Business groups say bringing back work search requirements will help juice the labor market and dissuade workers from waiting to return to their old employers or holding out for remote or better-paying jobs. “I think the work search requirement is necessary as an economist,” said Marta Lachowska, an economist at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research in Kalamazoo, Mich., who has studied the effects of work search requirements on employment.
Republican Arizona election official says Trump 'unhinged'
       
Instead, the auditors have moved as a snail’s pace and had to shut down Thursday after counting about 500,000 ballots. Trump’s statement said, in part, that “the entire Database of Maricopa County in Arizona has been DELETED! Not to be accused by own party of shredding ballots and deleting files for an election I didn’t run. Fann proposed allowing its contractor to view data from the routers at county facilities under supervision of the sheriff’s office. Fann has hired Cyber Ninjas, a Florida-based cybersecurity firm, to oversee an unprecedented, partisan review of the 2020 election in Arizona’s largest county.
Kate McKinnon Kills On 'Weekend Update' As A Not-Very-Winning Liz Cheney
       
Chameleon Kate McKinnon pulled out another killer impersonation on “Saturday Night Live,” this time as a not charming Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.). “I fell down to hell like Lil Nas X, crashed with the devil, and bounced back up onto MSNBC,” McKinnon’s Cheney quipped to “Weekend Update” co-host Colin Jost. I am everything a conservative woman is supposed to be: blond, mean.”But she’s not alone, “Cheney” insisted. McKinnon called her support the “grand implosion of Trumpism.”But honestly, she’s perplexed she has largely been deserted by conservatives. You’re gonna die.”Earlier on “Weekend Update” co-anchor Michael Che referred to Cheney getting the boot from her leadership role in the House.
Big stakes for Biden's agenda, Democrats' majority in Michigan
       
"This is a hypersensitive issue for every resident of Michigan's 8th District," Slotkin said in a telephone interview Thursday. Both lawmakers came to Washington when suburban voters delivered a rebuke to President Donald Trump in the 2018 midterms. In November, Trump won it 49.6 percent to Biden's 48.8 percent, while Slotkin defeated Republican challenger Paul Junge, 50.9 percent to 47.3 percent. But Stevens earned re-election with 50.2 percent of the vote to Republican nominee Eric Esshaki's 47.8 percent. No one wants to vote against the party unless they know their primary situation and the general election situation."
Diplomatic efforts for ceasefire ramp up after strikes claim more lives in Israel and Gaza
       
Diplomatic efforts to broker a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas look set to ramp up Sunday as the death toll continued to climb after another night of heavy night of fighting in the region. At least 26 people were killed and 50 wounded in pre-dawn raids, according to the Gaza Health Ministry. Since Monday, Hamas has fired more than 2,900 missiles at Israel, according to Israel's military. The building was "an important base of operations" for Hamas military intelligence, it said. Yesterday, we targeted an important base of operations for Hamas' military intel in Al Jala Tower in Gaza.
Puerto Rico's new tipping point: Horrific femicides reignite fight against gender violence
       
As outraged Puerto Ricans demanded accountability from the system that failed to protect Ruiz, another horrific femicide stunned the U.S. territory. The Observatorio de Equidad de Género estimates that femicides have claimed the lives of at least 21 women in Puerto Rico since the beginning of the year. Following the state of emergency, Pierlusi requested $7 million to address the gender violence crisis in Puerto Rico. Calls to resolve flaws in preventing gender-based violenceSince 2019, Puerto Rico has been experiencing a rise in gender-based killings. A horse drawn carriage transports the remains of Keishla Rodriguez to the Guaynabo cemetery, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Saturday, May 8, 2021 Carlos Giusti / AP"Not one more.
Live Updates: U.N. Security Council Is Set to Meet on Middle East Violence
       
Live Live Updates: U.N. Security Council Is Set to Meet on Middle East Violence As the conflict entered its seventh day, rescue workers in Gaza combed through the rubble looking for survivors after a night of heavy bombing. As fighting intensifies, U.N. Security Council to hold its first open meeting on the crisis. Searching for survivors under the rubble of a building hit overnight by an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City on Sunday. Over the past week, the 15-member U.N. Security Council met privately at least twice to discuss ways of reducing tensions. Marc Santora, Aishvarya Kavi andIn pictures: A wave of violence grips the Middle East.
Covid cases, deaths surging around the world as variants spread, vaccination lags
       
And that leaves even bleaker prospects for much of the world, where largescale vaccination programs remain a more distant prospect. In its latest weekly epidemiological update, WHO said new Covid-19 cases rose for a sixth consecutive week, with over 4 million reported in the last week. The alarm bells are ringing for the intensive care units,” Cinel said. Yet German health officials are warning of a steep rise in intensive care patients and are calling for stronger action to contain coronavirus infections. Lothar Wieler, the head of Germany’s disease control center, the Robert Koch Institute, said Friday that “intensive care units are filling up fast” across the country.
EU foreign ministers to discuss Israel-Palestine conflict on Tuesday
       
EU foreign ministers will meet on Tuesday to discuss the recent flare-up in violence between Israelis and Palestinians, the bloc’s foreign affairs chief has said. “In view of the ongoing escalation between Israel and Palestine and the unacceptable number of civilian casualties, I am convening an extraordinary [videoconference] of the EU foreign ministers on Tuesday,” EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell said on Twitter Sunday. “We will coordinate and discuss how the EU can best contribute to end the current violence,” Borrell added. At least 174 people have been killed in Gaza, including 47 children and 29 women, according to the territory’s Hamas-run health ministry. Ten people — including two children — have been killed by militant attacks on Israel, according to Israeli officials.
UK’s Frost slams EU’s ‘purist view’ on trade with Northern Ireland
       
The EU is taking a "very purist view" that "makes no sense" on goods moving from Britain to Northern Ireland, the U.K.'s Brexit minister David Frost said. In an opinion piece published in the Mail on Sunday, Frost added that London was considering "all our options" regarding the Northern Ireland protocol, which he said was imposing unnecessary "paperwork and checks" on U.K. goods that go into Northern Ireland. The European Union "seems to want to treat goods moving to Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK in the same way as the arrival of a vast Chinese container ship at Rotterdam. We did not anticipate this when we agreed the Protocol and it makes no sense," Frost wrote. "We are responsible for protecting the peace and prosperity of everyone in Northern Ireland and we will continue to consider all our options for doing so," he added and called on the EU to "help find a new approach to Northern Ireland."
Stop obsessing about your Covid weight gains. Love your body and have a hot (fat) girl summer.
       
It’s time to tip the scales in our favor and have ourselves a hot fat girl summer. There is no scarcity right now of jokes, memes and advice on how to lose the “pandemic 15” or shame around pandemic weight gain. It’s time to tip the scales in our favor and have ourselves a hot fat girl summer. I stopped thinking about my body as divorced from myself — or maybe I stopped divorcing myself from a body I had conditioned myself to hate. If we all refuse to be ashamed of being fat together, they can’t really stop us!
The Class of 2021 should be celebrating graduation right now — but so should everyone
       
For the class of 2021, however, the isolation has lasted much longer. But, unlike the class of 2020, this year’s Covid-19 graduates haven’t gotten a televised special or a national acknowledgement of their resilience. I personally celebrated my graduation in the living room of my apartment along with my three roommates. Erin Neil, right, and her roommates, Kayla and Zoe, pop a bottle of champagne following their virtual graduation ceremony in New York City on April 29, 2021. We should all find our own caps and gowns, play “Pomp and Circumstance” on our phones and march through our living rooms.
Ukraine's war-torn Donbas region is on the verge of environmental disaster
       
Tens of thousands of people worked in the more than 200 coal mines that operated across the region. Miners wait for the elevator at the start of their shift at the Tsentralna coal mine. In recent decades, many of the mines in the Donbas have shut down, sinking the region into economic depression. By 2030, it plans to close most of the remaining coal mines as part of a transition to green energy. Miners leave the elevator from their shift underground at the Tsentralna coal mine.
Unable to resist the urge to wave at the end of Zoom calls? You're not alone
       
Yet all of these things happen on nearly every video meeting Kennedy is on — and he has no idea why. The Zoom wave provides a social connection at a time when many of us are missing those, they said. Experts speculate the Zoom wave could replace certain in-person interactions. Streeter is finding that the wave she does on video calls now happens face to face, too. Then I realized that it was the Zoom wave,” she said.
Policing mental health: Recent deaths highlight concerns over officer response
       
According to Rios, this is partly because Black men are least likely to receive treatment for an active mental health diagnosis compared to other major demographics. "And the reality is also Black men are more likely to be deemed as a threat than any other demographic." Ricardo's sister questioned why there was not a different standard for people suffering a mental health crisis. Kimball said the program requires about 40 hours of training on mental health diagnoses, drug use issues and de-escalation tactics. Last year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) formally designated 988 as a nationwide number for mental health crisis and suicide prevention services.
A 'vaccine hustler' and a 'superhero': How two women are getting vaccinations out in the U.S.
       
"I was like, 'Hey, is there anybody here who has not had the vaccine who wants a vaccine, or has questions about the vaccine?'" Now, wherever Murray goes — Walmart, the post office, the laundromat — she brings up the vaccine. "I was going to get a T-shirt that said 'vaccine hustler.'" It's personal, emotional connections like Murray's that are proving to be a driving force of vaccinations in many communities. Tyreene Jeter, a pharmacist who administers Covid-19 vaccinations in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, says she can easily recognize the individuals who are frightened, unsure or simply full of nervous energy about getting the Covid-19 vaccination.
How purity culture and anti-Asian racism intersect in some white evangelical circles
       
The intersection of purity culture and anti-Asian racism is familiar to many Asian American Christian women, who say there’s long been a connection between the two among white, conservative Christians. “Sexual purity theologies are tied to white supremacy because Asian women have a transcontinental history of being hypersexualized and fetishized through Orientalism and militarism in Asian nations,” Hong said. These dangerous theologies erase the lives and personhood of the Asian women the shooter murdered and instead make them solely temptations to be eliminated. He preserves his righteousness by eliminating the temptation.”Weeks after the shootings, some Asian American Christian women began speaking out about their experiences with purity culture. Some Asian American Christian scholars tie the hypersexualization of Asian women in the U.S. to the growth of sex work industries around U.S. military bases in Asia.
Kate McKinnon's Anthony Fauci Unmasks Mask Rules With A MAGA Dig On 'SNL'
       
Kate McKinnon’s crowd-pleasing Dr. Anthony Fauci was back on “Saturday Night Live’s” cold open to help untangle the new COVID-19 mask rules. “It’s your boy Fauci, the patron saint of Purrell,” quipped McKinnon. “As you probably heard, we got some very good news this week and I’m not just talking about J.Lo and Ben Afleck. “I deserve COVID.”In another bit, couple Alex Moffat and Cecily Strong determine they’re okay without masks in a crowd outside the Capitol building. Then there was a very awkward personal scene when vaccinated couple Andrew Dismukes and Chloe Fineman pull off their masks to have dinner outdoors together.
The Indignados Movement Changed Spanish Politics Forever
       
As it spread over the following weeks, hundreds of thousands, if not millions, took part in assemblies and occupations in the central squares of towns and cities across Spain. The wave of social-movement activism and anti-establishment feeling that coursed through Spain between 2011 and 2013, in turn, gained organized political expression. Podemos, founded at the start of 2014, and its charismatic leader, Pablo Iglesias, surged to 20.7 percent of the vote at the 2015 general election, posing a seemingly deadly threat to Spain’s entrenched two-party political system. With Iglesias retiring from frontline politics this May 4, less than two weeks before the tenth anniversary of 15-M, many have framed the current moment as the end of a political cycle. Speaking to Jacobin, he insists that 15-M marks a permanent shift in Spanish society’s common sense.
To Recapture the Spirit of the Indignados, Podemos Has to Speak to Working People
       
On this occasion, Podemos built a coalition with Izquierda Unida, Equo, and some regional left formations under the banner of Unidas Podemos (United We Can). While Podemos used its position to push through some progressive policies that substantially improved the condition of many poor and working Spaniards, Iglesias’s party did not manage to capitalize on this electorally. While Podemos used its position to push through some progressive policies that substantially improved the condition of many poor and working Spaniards, Iglesias’s party did not manage to capitalize on this electorally. However, rather than marking a new beginning for the party, this would mark the end of Iglesias’s political career. The Madrid Debacle The Madrid electoral campaign was a recapitulation of Iglesias’s and Podemos’s own political involution.
Brett Kavanaugh Remains As Incorrigible as Ever
       
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May 31/June 7, 2021, Issue
       
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Israel Doesn’t Have a “Right to Exist” — But Israelis and Palestinians Do
       
The idea of a two-state solution never made much sense. The West Bank and Gaza are geographically disconnected, and the Gaza Strip takes up all of 140.9 square miles. The mystical two-state solution also assumes that Future Independent Palestine would reclaim the territory that Israel has conquered since 1967 but not formally annexed. It would be comprised of disconnected cantons even on the West Bank, pocketed with Israeli cities and crossed by Israeli roads. But wait, Israel’s defenders say: Doesn’t Israel “have a right to exist”?
In Chicago, Brutal Killings by the Police Keep Coming
       
In late March, two young people were killed by the Chicago Police Department (CPD) within a span of forty-eight hours: thirteen-year-old Adam Toledo and twenty-two-year-old Anthony Alvarez. I did not know Adam, but I had met Anthony several times. Anthony was a student at the first school where I taught, an elementary school in the Northwest Side neighborhood where he lived. Footage on Instagram shows Chicago police taking down the altar on April 1, claiming that the candles could start a fire. Chicago police have robbed children like Adam Toledo from their mothers and fathers like Anthony Alvarez from their children.
Rashida Tlaib: “End the Apartheid System”
       
If we are to make good on our promises to support equal human rights for all, it is our duty to end the apartheid system that for decades has subjected Palestinians to inhumane treatment and racism. One of Israel’s most prominent human rights organizations, B’Tselem, has declared Israel an apartheid state. But they do understand what it means to be killed, expelled from your home and land, made homeless, and stripped of your human rights. To read the statements from President Biden, Secretary Blinken, General Austin, and leaders of both parties, you’d hardly know Palestinians existed at all. We must condition aid to Israel on compliance with international human rights and an end to apartheid.
Actually, Not Coercing People to Work Is a Good Thing
       
Finally, it is worth remembering that not all people who are out of work are even on unemployment benefits. As indicated in the graph above, in late April, there were 3.8 million people on unemployment benefits. But there is an even better source of data on unemployment benefits: the weekly unemployment insurance (UI) report put out by the Department of Labor. In this meaning of the term, cutting unemployment benefits in order to push people into accepting work brings the country further away from full employment. When looking at the unemployment rolls as they currently stand, it is hard to see why anyone would be especially alarmed by them.
We’re Suing Google. Here’s Why.
       
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Polvo llena de sangre en las calles de Gaza
       
Palestinians inspect their destroyed houses following overnight Israeli airstrikes in the town of Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, Friday, May 14, 2021. | Khalil Hamra / AP
SNL’s Kate McKinnon spoofs new CDC mask rules, Liz Cheney’s ousting from House leadership
       
The episode meandered to sillier territory with host Keegan-Michael Key, who said he used to sneak downstairs to watch SNL as a child growing up in Detroit. He sang his monologue, at one point joking about being mistaken for Jordan Peele, the other half of the sketch series “Key & Peele.” His characters included a super-senior co-anchoring a high school prom’s red carpet coverage; a parody of Michael Jordan appearing in the “Last Dance” miniseries; and a security guard who beats up cantankerous puppets Statler and Waldorf when they won’t keep quiet during “The Muppet Show.”
'Saturday Night Live' satirizes sometimes confusing no-mask guidelines
       
"Saturday Night Live" poked fun at new guidelines that say vaccinated people don't need to wear masks. Kate McKinnon impersonates Dr. Anthony Fauci during the opening of 'Saturday Night Live' on May 15, 2021. Fauci introduced a CDC improv troupe that seeks to teach Americans "correct mask behavior." "Please welcome the CDC Players and their first scene, 'Man walks into a bar,'" Fauci said. Keegan-Michael Key hosts 'Saturday Night Live' on May 15, 2021.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on what comes next after her final term
       
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms shares what comes next after her announcement that she will not be seeking re-election, and her view on the recent performance of Georgia Gov.
Election law expert breaks down Democrats voting rights proposals
       
As voter-restriction bills continue to pop up across the country, lawmakers in Washington are sparring over federal voting rights legislation. Rick Hasen, professor of law and political science at U.C. Irvine, joined NBC’s Joshua Johnson to discuss whether the “For the People Act” is the best way to address these voting-restriction bills.
WOW2: May’s Trailblazing Women and Events in Our History
       
After ten years, the library director became seriously ill, and Blalock became the acting director. Two of its members, Selma’s Mayor, Chris Heinz, and Judge Bernard Reynolds were alsoex officiomembers of the library board. When it reopened the following Monday, all its chairs had been removed to prevent black and white patrons from sitting together. Some white library patrons did not react well to the new policies. One white man, seeing black patrons using the library, angrily tore up his library card, and vowed never to return.
The Mikayla Miller Tragedy
       
Mikayla Miller, aged 16, was found dead after an altercation with white teens. Folks, someone complained on my last diary that this story is difficult to follow, so I’m going to delete the original post in this series, The Mikayla Miller Story, and replace it with this version that is revised to take account recent reporting. POLICE MISCONDUCT LEADS TO BLACK LIVES MATTER PROTESTMikayla Miller, a black high school honors student, was found dead in the woods of a predominantly white, wealthy Massachusetts town. I attended the May 6th vigil for Mikayla Miller that was televised nationally. Hundreds of supporters gathered at the town common to demand justice for Mikayla.
Another Saturday Night
       
Gentle reminder: Please put the name of the song and the artist(s) in your comment before sharing your video. There’s no way of knowing if you want to listen to that song or leave it until later. Thanks for helping make this a great night for all of us. First Song Choice — Tequila SunriseSecond Song Choice — That’ll Be The Day. This is your Saturday night jukebox and the party starts NOW.
CAIR will not attend President Biden's White House Eid celebration
       
There were reports of 139 dead in GazaRepercussions are growing for America’s unconditional support for Israel’s military response, a disproportionate response so deeply ingrained in the IDF’s military culture, its almost become a tradition. BY TAL AXELRODThe Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a prominent American Muslim organization, announced Saturday it will boycott the White House’s annual Eid celebration over the Biden administration’s stance on Israel amid spiking violence in the Gaza Strip. CAIR said it was joining with other groups in the boycott over the White House’s “incredibly disappointing and deeply disturbing” response to the violence. President Biden has the political power and moral authority to stop these injustices. We urge him to stand on the side of the victims and not the victimizer,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.
the much awaited TV Series now on Amazon Prime (Updated)
       
The Underground Railroad, the much awaited 10-part TV limited series directed by Academy Award winner Barry Jenkins, was released on Friday May 14 on Amazon Prime. The TV series is based on the critically acclaimed historical fiction novel by Colson Whitehead “The Underground Railroad” published in 2016. The sounds and score of the TV series, composed by Nicholas Britell, has won much praise and accolades. EpilogueThe full TV series is available on Amazon Prime. I have not watched the TV series yet, but I plan to watch all 10 episodes, slowly and methodically.
PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN---DAY115---Evening Shade-Saturday
       
https://t.co/piBnggZhhD — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 15, 2021x WASHINGTON (AP) — Biden raises concerns with Israeli leader about 'safety and security' of journalists, stresses need to protect them. — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 15, 2021NEERA TANDENx Neera Tanden will become a senior adviser to President Biden. — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 15, 2021SEN. MITT ROMNEYx Sen. Mitt Romney says the Capitol insurrection was no ordinary 'tourist visit.' — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 15, 2021LIZ CHENEYx Liz Cheney says she regrets voting for Trump in the 2020 election. — Michael Holmes (@holmescnn) May 15, 2021x So stunned.
WYFP? don't call tankies Cheugy, it's the new "neat" or "nifty"
       
Cheugy is the latest, being a term that Generation Z calls Millennials, perhaps it’s the revival of more postmodernism. Generation Z consumer-brand attacks on Millennials consumption habits may be all that Gheugy is about. Proud Boys and their golf polos may be Cheugy, if only because at least one active member of the military was involved in the 1/6 insurrection. It’s probably more basic, but let’s also add buying a Camaro, Mustang, or Charger in taxi-cab yellow or fire-engine red to the list of cheugy things. Only a tankie could be so Cheugy as even bothering to be in the US armed forces.
Index of Summer Holidays and Fall Holidays
       
Picnic Basket by esquimauxFor this segment I’m stretching the definition of “holiday” pretty thin. We really do have a 4th of July diary, but I’m counting the outdoor cooking / outdoor eating diaries as belonging to Summer. In the same way, Fall includes football tailgating. This is Part 14 of the index; Part 15 will be recipes from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Part 16 will be recipes from Europe and Mexico / Southwest U.S., and Part 17 will be the Master Index and then I’m done!
What is your favorite snack? Give me some smoked oysters anyday.
       
There is only one food from the water I do not like, and that is only partially. I was raised on smoked fish… lox...whitefish….chub...sable. I like jellyfish, lobster, squid, eel and fish fish. Bring on the Club or Townhouse crackers and smoked oysters or kippers. Smoked oysters and Kippers just melt in your mouth.
Kitchen Table Kibitzing: Back in the saddle
       
She is a spunky little pony I had the pleasure of riding yesterday. I was lucky enough to just spend some time becoming readjusted to being in a saddle. Here is a quick video of me riding her. before I'm attacked for my riding. I know I am not a jumper and it was quite a rough ride, I haven’t ridden in about 2 years.
How shall we get AOC's Back?
       
I had posted a dairy/story asking if there was an interest in sending a message to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that:YOU HAVE AN ABSOLUTE RIGHT TO BE SAFE AT WORK. I want to do a poll and see what seems the best idea to the most Kos members. Here are the suggested options:Flowers/non flowering plantsDonations in AOC’s name to people struggling with the pandemicSupport the food pantries in AOC’s district that she links to on ActBluePolitical money bomb to AOC’s ActBlue page (always a good idea for any Democrat!) Fund a scholarship in AOC’s nameI have omitted some suggestions that either did not seem practical or desirable (more guns in Congress just does not seem appropriate). But I bet we can hash out a nice, constructive message between us all.
Cicadas — The “Brigadoon” of the Insect World
       
The "Brigadoon" of the Insect World! After 17 years in the ground, Brood X (10) of the cicadas are starting to emerge! Cicadas — The “Brigadoon” of the Insect WorldThis has nothing to do with progressive politics, although the science would be fascinating. Every seventeen years, it is a way of life in the greater Washington D.C. area as the cicadas emerge. As I said, I’m not a scientist, but I think they’re fascinating.
6 commission must succeed because the insurrection was no "tourist visit"
       
This is Rep. Andrew Clyde (Q-GA) saying the January 6 insurrection looked like “a normal tourist visit” inside the Capitol. pic.twitter.com/iUtoDTneD2Not for nothing : Representative Andrew Clyde flys a confederate flag outside his armory & some say he has a Militia flag inside .... In its final episode, we look at opportunities to fix the problems exposed by Donald Trump’s tenure as President. But really what Donald Trump was proposing and trying to institute is a fairly common form of government, a variation of authoritarianism called oligarchy. Oligarchy is when the very rich rule a country largely for their own benefit.
Virtual Fridays Without Fitzpatrick (VFWF) 14
       
Virtual Fridays Without Fitzpatrick (VFWF) 14In Response To Your 05/14/21 NewsletterYou forgot to mention in your newsletter how you voted on the question of removing Congresswoman Liz Cheney from her Republican leadership position in Congress. But why was your Republican caucus so eager to remove such a staunch conservative from Republican Party leadership in the first place? (Capitol police officer Brian Sicknick would still be alive today were it not for this Big Lie.) Her reward from her Republican Party for such integrity and commitment to principle was expulsion. All we know now is that you are friends with Liz Cheney and Elise Stefanik.
Can someone explain to me about U of Cal admissions criteria since they won't accept SAT or ACT
       
I assume it is grades, extra curricular, SAT/ACT scores and there are environmental criteria like economic background. Now UC has said that they won’t take SAT test as a criterion because only “privileged” kids take the test. Many universities suspended using SAT and ACT test scores for admission last year because of the coronavirus pandemic. But activists who view the tests as unfairly favoring privileged students and as an inaccurate reflection of a student's academic ability had expressed hope that that would lead to permanent change. If SAT is an inaccurate reflection of academic ability, then what is the criterion that does reflect it?
Taking a look around the world in snippetts
       
Home website is held at ? Our World in Data. What does it mean when we do not even want to say that we aspire to a world with gender equality? The resolution urged the government to "swiftly consider" measures for realizing a stable imperial succession after the legislation came into force. Under the current system, only male members of the Imperial Family with an emperor on their father's side are permitted to inherit the throne. In Japan, an ongoing debate over the imperial succession presents a similar danger of a hallowed institution falling by the wayside.
let's change it to Republicans Lie
       
Let’s switch the narrative — and also tell the truth. It’s Republican’s Lie. Or, Republicans Lie. Either way, more true, if you ask me. Let’s try something new.
Top Comments: An Attempt to Rebuild Louisiana Coast by Diversion of Mississippi River Sediment
       
If planned Mississippi diversion works as intended, sediment from the river will start to rebuild Louisiana's disappearing coastal lands here. It described how, for the purposes of commerce, through the construction of levees, the Mississippi River had been confined to the location it had been in since the settlement of Europeans. Replenishment of river sediments along the coast is one of the reasons Louisiana is losing coastal land at an alarming rate. Despite decades of coastal erosion, powers-that-be were against making any changes to the current river route. If all goes as planned, 2 years from now engineers will punch a massive hole in a nearby levee that holds back the Mississippi River.
Comprehensive Analytical Example Of The Immorality Of The Minimum Wage. Urge To Vomit Edition.
       
The minimum wage is best understood as a poverty wage. It is not a living wage, or a thriving wage, and is so woefully inadequate that even two jobs fall short of a morally acceptable outcome. Full-time minimum wage of $7.25 per hour grosses $1160 per month. So one hour of minimum wage will buy, no, scratch that it comes up .24 cents short. (Does that seem moral that a retirement system does not at least guarantee your current wage averages in retirement?)
PWB Peeps Caturday Open Thread: Little Big Cats
       
Our domestic furry friends have lots and lots of wild relatives. And they all love catnip and toys, and they all love boxes! PWBPeeps is a group that posts a daily diary and nightly open thread for animal lovers. You are welcome to join us! Here are few not-too-onerous PWB rules
I'm not entirely ready to take my mask off yet, but...
       
That feels great. It feels like I successfully navigated one of the most dangerous situations I’ve ever been in. I was an early mask adopter, and after a year plus of wearing a mask in public, I’m not all that anxious to get rid of it. I don’t have any answers yet, but it’s something I’m thinking about. I’m just throwing this up here because I’m thinking about it and maybe there’s others who are thinking about it, too.
Overnight News Digest: Interstellar space hums, Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle loophole, more…
       
Since 2007, the Overnight News Digest has been a nightly, community series chronicling the new events of the day. x Researchers in the Netherlands have trained honeybees to rapidly detect COVID-19. These vibrations, called persistent plasma waves, were identified at radio frequencies in a narrow bandwidth during a three-year period as Voyager 1 traverses interstellar space. “This study is fascinating,” says Jeremy Goldbogen, a marine biologist at Stanford University who was not part of the research. In the study, researchers compared the quantity and type of GHG emissions from dead tree snags to emissions from the soil.
Lin Wood Loses Race for SC GOP Chair. Claims the Election Was Rigged. And Goes Down Ranting.
       
Long-time Atlanta lawyer, leading conspiracy theorist, and prominent ‘Trump won’ election-denier, Lin Wood, ran for the Chair of the South Carolina Republican Party. In a four-way race, he was drubbed by the incumbent, Drew McKissick. (Trump won the state. Further hindering Wood was Trump’s three-time endorsement of McKissick — although Wood claimed that he was really Trump’s candidate. On Telegram, he offered:“Congratulations to Drew “Biden Won” McKissick.
I Like My Mask and I'm Gonna Keep Wearing It. With Poll.
       
I'm fully vaccinated now, as are my kids. My personal reasons for continuing to wear the mask include a bit more though. I'm not comfortable showing much skin, and tend to dress rather covered up year around. I just really dislike having strangers looking at me. I absolutely hate the very idea of facial recognition, and take a perverse pleasure in the idea of thwarting it (even if I'm really not).
"It was only a peaceful protest" is more than just a pretense, it's a plot, it's a plan
       
Consider how Tucker Carlson responded to the Insurrection in real-time on Jan 6th. Here's Fox coverage during the riot where they congratulate the protestors for having breached the Capitol. That's my House. That’s our House. Dan Crenshaw is right about one thing, the American people were "lied to” and the people who did most of that lying were Trump and Fox.
CRIME OF THE CENTURY? Rage-a-Holic Trump Lashes Out at GOP, Fox News, and Newsmax
       
It's been six months since the 2020 presidential election was won decisively by Joe Biden. It is, according to Trump "The Crime of the Century!" It went something like this..."As our Country is being destroyed, both inside and out, the Presidential Election of 2020 will go down as THE CRIME OF THE CENTURY!" "The 2020 Presidential Election was, by far, the greatest Election Fraud in the history of our Country. The House Republican minority leader, Kevin McCarthy, told Sean Hannity this week that “I don’t think anybody is questioning the legitimacy of the presidential election."
Community Spotlight unmasked: Sharing the intriguing stories behind DK usernames
       
Similarly, there are aspects of my childhood that I have never outgrown.”Community members have diverse, sometimes surprising, professional backgrounds expressed in their usernames. Filkertom’s explanation introduced me to a music genre I’ve never encountered, although Community member Damon Griffin both recognized it and owns some of Filkertom’s music. I write and perform filk (that is, music of and for the community of science fiction and fantasy fandom). In my review of the username discussion, I saw the Daily Kos Community eager to tell our stories and take detours together. Our rescue priorities and actions were explained in a previous edition: Community Spotlight: Rescuing your excellent stories for over 14 years.
Essential workers worried about CDC's honor-system mask guidance, this week in the war on workers
       
The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union, which represents many grocery workers, is … not happy about the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions’ (CDC) new guidance that vaccinated people can go unmasked indoors. The honor system guidance doesn’t take these workers into account. “Millions of Americans are doing the right thing and getting vaccinated, but essential workers are still forced to play mask police for shoppers who are unvaccinated and refuse to follow local COVID safety measures. Are they now supposed to become the vaccination police?” UFCW President Marc Perrone said in a statement. “With so many states already ending their mask mandates, this new CDC guidance must do more to acknowledge the real and daily challenge these workers and the American people still face.”The UFCW wants the CDC to clarify how exactly workers will be kept safe.
Joan McCarter on The Dean Obeidallah Show: Infrastructure, Manchin, and the filibuster
       
Sudbay and McCarter opened their conversation by directly addressing Manchin’s role in deciding how things will play out with tension growing over the infrastructure bill and other legislation in Congress. Similar disagreements over other pieces of legislation are likely, giving Manchin an outsized role in determining the fate of these bills. She urged Democratic leadership to abandon the commitment to bipartisanship for the sake of the American people:You don’t need to play this game anymore. It’s important for the American people to see what’s actually happening here—the Republicans are again blocking this. The infrastructure in the country is a mess … broadband—look at much of rural America,” Sudbay added.
Ghosts of Highway 20 Revisited: How Being a Self-Educated Street Intellectual May Have Saved My Life
       
I was 20 years old in 1968, a good year to be 20 years old. To my amazement, a pickup truck slowed down, pulled over and we saw it was a woman driver. We started out driving in her pickup truck, but it broke down before we ever got out of Corvallis. Finally, two guys in a pickup truck stopped for us. After driving only two miles, the truck made a left off Highway 20 into some wooded area.
Something is terribly wrong
       
There is radioactive water flowing out to sea, from Fukushima. There is the depleted uranium and Fukushima, the other radioactive waste, the nuclear reactors, the plutonium, the nuclear him making. HOT particles, and drinking radioactive water from fracking, from nuclear medical waste, from nuclear reactors. Waste from closed nuclear reactors and nuclear processing facilities. What good does that high paying middle-class job and education REALLY do for you?
Biden gives GOP a shock, tells them they have to actually make policy to stay in the game
       
Biden gave the Republicans homework, which has be a shock to their systems. For the past four years, Republicans have been talking and talking and talking about infrastructure without actually doing anything. "User fees have to be part of the mix," he told Axios this week. Like President Biden. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki reiterated Friday that user fees are not on the table for Biden.
Charlie Hebdo cartoon mocks Hindu deities for COVID-19 crisis
       
French satirical weekly, Charlie Hebdo, has held Deities of Hindus responsible for the deaths of COVID-19 patients on account of inadequate oxygen supply. One twitter user corrected Charlie Hebdo by sharing the correct number of Deities in Hindu Dharma - "It's 330 million, and not 33 million ! Another user said, "330 million Deities have their abode in the nature. In Hindu Dharma, we worship the trees as Deities." Incorporation of 33 core Deities with distinct significations is a testament to the greatness of Hindu Dharma.
Ask Amy: Alcoholic wants support to regain sobriety
       
But being shocked into sobriety to save your marriage might not be a sufficiently compelling reason for you to stay sober. Your sobriety should be about you making a choice every single day to commit to your own health and well-being. You are not getting sober for him, but for you, to bravely experience the fullness of your own life.
‘Opportunity knocks’ and Craig Anderson answers to help lift Capitals past Bruins in Game 1
       
It remains unclear when Samsonov, who started 18 games during the regular season, might be available for the playoffs. Both Samsonov and Washington forward Evgeny Kuznetsov were placed on the covid-19 list May 4. According to a person with direct knowledge of the situation, one of the players tested positive and one was deemed a close contact. The person did not distinguish which player tested positive, though Kuznetsov remains on the list. The team has not indicated when either player is expected to return.
Joe Ross struggles and so do the Nationals in an 11-4 loss at Arizona
       
Following that, his pitches were tugged from the zone and few returned. The exception, of course, was the one Escobar used to turn a 3-2 advantage into a 6-2 hole. Ross would end the fourth at 80 pitches. Clay had warmed during the inning and could have replaced him once a pinch hitter did. Then Ross was tagged with a single, walked Varsho and exited after throwing six more balls toward the plate.
Carolyn Hax: Vaccinated friends are still covid-cautious and it’s driving you crazy
       
Dear Carolyn: My daughter is in love with a man who is divorcing an abusive wife. He still lives with his wife while their attorneys work out who gets the house. The man recently posted to Facebook, “We went to our daughter’s house,” and just few days ago, posted a picture of a garden he made and one his wife made. My daughter was hurt by these public statements that seemed, to her, to show a partnering between the man and his wife. The man assured her the divorce is still on track, he is just trying to keep things calm at home and sees no issue with posting such things.
'This iteration of the Republican Party isn’t sustainable'
       
With the ouster of Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney from her leadership position, it seems that former President Trump’s iron grip on the GOP is only getting stronger. Now, over 100 Republicans are joining an effort to create a third party if the GOP doesn’t change course. Jennifer Rubin, MSNBC Contributor and Washington Post Opinion Writer, Elise Jordan, MSNBC Political Analyst, Contributor to Time Magazine, and a former aide to the Bush/Cheney White House and State Departments, and Meghan Milloy, founder and Executive Director of "Republican Women for Progress.” Join American Voices with Alicia Menendez to discuss what the GOP has to offer to women.
Brushfire threatens homes in Los Angeles' Pacific Palisades; arson suspected
       
LOS ANGELES — A brushfire authorities believe was ignited by an arsonist swelled Saturday to nearly 800 acres near the affluent Los Angeles neighborhoods of Pacific Palisades and Topanga Canyon, forcing some people to evacuate their homes. It was 0 percent contained, or surrounded, as of Saturday night, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. #LASD Air Rescue 5 inserting LASD SEB personnel in the Topanga area in search of arson suspect setting fires. ?? pic.twitter.com/BVYr6dHvBx — arne (@arnemeyer) May 16, 2021The fire started Friday around 10 p.m. in a remote area of the Pacific Palisades, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. Law enforcement officials said a search was underway for a suspect, NBC Los Angeles reported.
GOP Arizona County Chair Slams Twisted Republican Recount As 'Dangerous'
       
As a country,” Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer tweeted. Suburban Phoenix GOP state Sen. Paul Boyer said earlier this week that he regretted ever backing the recount. He retweeted messages months ago that any audit of the Arizona vote would inevitably turn up hundreds of thousands of votes for Trump. Early this week state Senate President Karen Fann called on Maricopa County to respond to a mysterious allegation that a “database directory” had been deleted from election systems being subpoenaed by Senate Republicans. Biden edged out his rival by more than 2 percentage points ? about 45,000 votes ? in Maricopa County.
Why Trump could soon be ‘looking down the barrel of a federal indictment’
       
After a two-year legal battle, former White House Counsel Donald McGahn will answer questions about Trump’s alleged obstruction of justice. Meanwhile, Manhattan prosecutors are increasing the pressure on Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg with a new subpoena. MSNBC Legal Contributor and trial attorney Katie Phang joins American Voices with Alicia Menendez to discuss former President Trump’s legal troubles.
Evgeny Kuznetsov and Ilya Samsonov let the Capitals down when they needed them most
       
But after that initial issue, there is clear frustration within the Capitals’ organization that Kuznetsov and Samsonov were unavailable to start the playoffs. The pair was held out of a game earlier this month because they were late to a team function. That’s a self-inflicted wound — and not just to themselves, but to their teammates. Laviolette, the veteran coach in his first year with Washington, talks frequently about getting his charges to pull on one rope in one direction. Kuznetsov and Samsonov appear to have frayed one end and are yanking the twine south while their teammates march north.
Capitals overcome early adversity, outlast Bruins in overtime to win playoff opener
       
Oshie was playing in his first game after suffering a lower-body injury in the team’s penultimate regular season game. He was a game-time decision. He briefly went to the locker room in the first period, but quickly returned. He later appeared to be hit in the head by Jeremy Lauzon, with his helmet flying off in the process, but there was no call. Oshie remained in the game.
Tiger missing in Houston found unharmed, police say
       
A Bengal tiger that was missing in the Houston area has been located unharmed and is now in the city's animal shelter, officials say.
Media offices destroyed by Israeli airstrike in Gaza
       
(CNN) The Associated Press , Al Jazeera , and media advocacy groups are demanding answers after an Israeli airstrike destroyed a building with offices belonging to news outlets in Gaza on Saturday. "The building contained civilian media offices, which Hamas hides behind and deliberately uses as human shields." Mostefa Souag, acting director general of Al Jazeera Media Network, called it "a blatant violation of human rights and is internationally considered a war crime." A tower housing the Associated Press, Al Jazeera, and other media offices collapses after Israeli missile strikes in Gaza City, on Saturday, May 15. The story added, "It also was not clear why the military took down an entire building filled with media offices and residential apartments.
Fmr. IDF soldier: Gaza is a “Man-made crisis...We have to rethink the way we’ve been operating”
       
Breaking the Silence is an organization of veteran Israeli soldiers. It’s Executive Director Avner Gvaryahu joins Ali Velshi to talk about the tactics that got us to what Gvarayahu says is a “man-made crisis” in Gaza. “A big part of the energy Israel is using with its military force is not in order to defend the state of Israel so much as it’s to defend Israeli control over Palestinians.” As an Israeli and self-described patriot, Gvaryahu says he feels the responsibility to speak out “in order to change the reality here on the ground.”
Rombauer Wins the Preakness, Surging as Medina Spirit Fades to Third
       
BALTIMORE — Medina Spirit was running against more than the nine rivals on the track on Saturday. For a mile and three-sixteenths, Medina Spirit chugged around Pimlico Race Course, leading for much of it. In the end, that load was too heavy for Medina Spirit. Instead, a long shot colt named Rombauer rolled down the middle of the lane like a riverboat let loose on a downstream current of the Mississippi River and won by three and a half lengths. Medina Spirit faded to third, and Midnight Bourbon finished second.
Memories of Kobe Bryant dominate Basketball Hall of Fame inductions
       
“Dear Kobe, thank you for being the best husband and father you can be. Thank you for growing and learning from your own mistakes. Thank you for always trying to be better. Thank you for our daughters: Natalia, Gianna, Bianka and Capri. Thank you for working so tirelessly to provide for us and for giving us the most amazing life together.”
India’s coronavirus crisis spreads to its villages, where health care is hard to find
       
At the center of this crisis in the hinterland is the state of Uttar Pradesh — home to 230 million people, more than the population of Brazil. In April, local elections were held in villages across the state, which officials say led to the surge in rural areas. According to a teachers’ organization, more than 700 government teachers who were assigned to poll duty died after the elections, many after testing positive for the coronavirus. At the start of the month, the state was recording just over 2,500 cases. By the end of the month, as the elections wrapped up, cases surged to nearly 35,000.
New video of man and Houston tiger playing before disappearance
       
The 9-month-old Bengal tiger named India who was missing in Houston for almost a week has been found, officials say. Earlier, new video was released of Victor Hugo Cuevas, a man linked to the tiger, playing, kissing and laying with India, prior to the disappearance.
First 80 Australians return after controversial travel ban imposed on India
       
(CNN) — Australia received its first repatriation flight from India since its controversial ban on travel from the Covid-hit country came into force, with 80 Australians landing in Darwin on Saturday and immediately being taken to quarantine facilities. Saturday's journey was the first of a handful to bring home 9,000 Australians stuck in India in the coming weeks. Related content Australian government accused of racism over threats to imprison travelers from India for five yearsIn total about 9,000 Australians in India have registered with the federal government, requesting to return home. But the total ban on arrivals from India has faced strong opposition from Australia's Indian community, human rights advocates and even members of the government itself. Government senator Matt Canavan said in a tweet earlier this month that it was more important to fix Australia's quarantine system than to "leave our fellow Australians stranded."
Houston tiger found safe after missing for nearly a week
       
A 9-month-old tiger that went missing after being spotted on a Houston lawn has been found and appears to be unharmed, the Houston Police Department said Saturday. The tiger, named India, was first seen roaming around a Houston neighborhood Sunday, wearing a collar and prowling outside a home. The deputy told police he was alerted about the tiger on Nextdoor, a neighborhood-based social media app. Ron Borza said on Monday that when police responded to reports about the wild animal, its owner "put the tiger in a white SUV and drove off." His lawyer, Michael W. Elliott, insisted Wednesday that his client was not the tiger’s owner and that Cuevas was worried about the animal’s safety, The AP reported.
"I Put On My Helmet. And I Ran." How One Journalist Experienced Israel's Destruction Of A Media Tower
       
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — My colleagues’ shouts awakened me, and the pounding of my heart drowned out the racing of my mind. We ran down the stairs from the 11th floor and now looking at the building from afar, praying Israeli army would eventually retract. I looked at the workspace that had been mine for years, brimming with mementos from friends, family and colleagues. Smoke rising from what was the building housing our @AP office in #Gaza moments after Israeli jets destroyed it. In our building, the clock in my head felt deafening as I ran out of the office.
Colo. woman reunited with sisters after six decades
       
Mara Hall, 65, has been searching for her family since the early 90s but little did she know they were looking for her too. With the help of a deceased sibling and a DNA test, the family was finally brought together. KUSA's Liz Kotalik reports.
American Federation of Teachers President: 'We feel really confident that, with mitigation and vaccines, we’re going to have as close to a normal school year as possible'
       
As younger children become eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and the CDC loosens its masks recommendations, the head of one of the country’s largest teachers’ unions is calling for schools to fully reopen in the fall. Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers, joins American Voices with Alicia Menendez to discuss her latest announcement.
America's Deadly Domestic Extremism Worst In 24 Years, Reveals New FBI Report
       
Killings by American domestic extremists in 2019 were the worst in the nation in 24 years, according to a chilling new report released by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. Of the 32 killings by extremists in five separate attacks in 2019 — the most lethal year for domestic extremist assaults since 1995 — 24 were committed by white supremacists, according to the report. There were 57 deaths linked to domestic extremists from 2017 through 2019, with 47 of them racially motivated, according to the report. The threat from domestic extremists is expected to continue to grow. “Historically, mass-casualty ... attacks linked to racially- or ethnically-motivated violent extremists have targeted houses of worship and crowded commercial facilities or gatherings,” the bulletin warned.
Mask? No Mask? New Rules Leave Americans Recalibrating, Hour by Hour
       
“I’m hyper-aware that wearing a mask or not wearing a mask says something about me,” said Annie Krabbenschmidt, 27, a gig worker and writer who lives in Los Angeles. Someone with no mask might still signify that they oppose masks and doubt the risks of Covid-19 — or it now might mean the person is fully vaccinated and following C.D.C. And someone with a mask might now be signaling their support for virus-control efforts but rejection of the latest C.D.C. guidance — or it might mean that a person is unvaccinated and following the rules to stay masked. She covered her face to go shopping Saturday in Kansas City, Mo., though a mask mandate expired a day earlier.
Covid Live Updates: Major U.S. Retailers Drop Mask Requirements
       
Live Covid Live Updates: Major U.S. Retailers Drop Mask Requirements Walmart, Costco, Publix and Starbucks are among the retail giants effectively moving to an honor system. Of the roughly 6,000 seniors in the county, 96.7 percent are fully vaccinated as of Friday, according to the C.D.C. As of Friday, 54.9 percent of the county’s total population had been fully vaccinated, according to the C.D.C. Credit... Rodrigo Garrido/Reuters The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna coronavirus vaccines are safe and effective during pregnancy, according to preliminary results from two continuing studies.
Republicans’ conflicting message: Embracing Trump election lie is key to prominence, just stop asking us about it
       
Rep. Claudia Tenney (R.-N.Y.), asked in an interview with The Post what she thought about Cheney’s statement that it is a lie to say the election was stolen, responded: “I think there are a lot of irregularities and questions that need to be answered. I don’t know why anybody would reject an audit. We need to go back and look at whether or not things were done properly, why rules were changed at the last minute.”
Mask-free freedom comes to Washington region. But politeness, local rules keep some faces covered.
       
Outdoors, noses and mouths emerged, but many people said going barefaced indoors still felt like a step too far, even if they were vaccinated. But making decisions isn’t straightforward, with people looking to a patchwork of different rules set by states and local governments to help figure out was right, and drawing conclusions based on what seems polite as much as what is safe.
Did the Colonial Pipeline ransom embolden our enemies?
       
After a ransomware attack crippled one of America’s most important gas pipelines this week, the group responsible was paid $5 million to get it back online. Former White House Director of Global Engagement under President Obama, Brett Bruen, joins American Voices with Alicia Menendez to discuss the long-term consequences of such attacks and what the U.S. might be doing in retaliation.
Damon Weaver, the young reporter who interviewed Obama in 2009, has died at 23
       
Damon Weaver, who was 11 years old when he interviewed President Barack Obama in 2009, has died at the age of 23.
Report: Albert Pujols, Dodgers Agree to Major League Contract for Rest of Season
       
David J. Phillip/Associated PressThe Los Angeles Dodgers will reportedly add veteran slugger Albert Pujols on a major league contract through the rest of the season, according to Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times. Pujols was designated for assignment by the Los Angeles Angels just 24 games into the 2021 season, the final year of his 10-year, $240 million contract initially signed in 2011. Per Spotrac, the Dodgers will pay $432,447 for the rest of the season for Pujols, while the Angels will be on the hook for the rest of his $29.5 million salary from his previous contract. With 10 All-Star selections, three MVP awards, a Rookie of the Year Award and two World Series titles, few players can match his resume. The first baseman and designated hitter slowed down when he got to Los Angeles, hitting just .256 in his decade with the team.
Rombauer Holds Off Midnight Bourbon and Medina Spirit, Wins 2021 Preakness
       
6 horse who crossed the finish line after pulling away from Midnight Bourbon down the stretch. Medina Spirit came in a distant third place in Saturday's race at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. The event was surrounded by controversy after Medina Spirit tested positive for an excessive amount of the steroid betamethasone following the Derby. Medina Spirit (3)4. None of it mattered when the gates opened, however, as Medina Spirit raced to an early lead with a great start.
Alibaba and the 40 spies? Belgium frets over Chinese mega project
       
Press play to listen to this article Voiced by Amazon PollyBelgian politicians are beginning to worry a massive Chinese project at Liège airport in the south of the country is more about spycraft than aircraft. Alibaba's €100 million investment has long been welcomed in Belgium as a way to help revive the struggling economy of the French-speaking region of Wallonia. The freight and parcels hub, on 220,000 square meters leased at the airport, is expected to become operational this year. The mood on China is souring in the EU, however, amid tit-for-tat sanctions and boycotts against European products by Chinese consumers. According to a spokesman for the city’s airport, freight soared from 9 million parcels in 2018 to 362 million parcels in 2019, and 548 million last year mainly thanks to Alibaba and its subsidiary Cainiao Smart Logistics Network.
'Sins of our past': Leaders apologize for 1970 Jackson State shootings
       
Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba and state Sen. Hillman Frazier of Jackson spoke during a graduation ceremony for the Class of 1970 of what was then Jackson State College, now Jackson State University. Killed were 21-year-old Jackson State student Phillip Lafayette Gibbs and 17-year-old James Earl Green, a high school student who was on campus while walking home from work. Jackson was majority-white in 1970, and the Jackson Police Department and Mississippi Highway Patrol officers who went on campus were white. According to a report by President Richard Nixon's Commission on Campus Unrest, Jackson State students had been throwing rocks at white motorists. Jackson State on Saturday awarded posthumous honorary doctorate degrees to Gibbs and Green, and their sisters accepted those.
Black Teen Softball Player 'Humiliated' After Facing Backlash For Beaded Braids
       
A high school softball player in Durham, North Carolina, said she was “humiliated” last month when she was forced to cut beads off her braids in the middle of a game. Pyles told the News & Observer that she felt the treatment from the officials was unfair. She said some beads had to be cut out of her hair because they were wrapped tightly around her braids. The North Carolina High School Athletic Association, which interprets game rules from the National Federation of State High School Associations, sided with the game officials in a statement to WRAL. “My daughter — that whole team should’ve been protected,” Julius Pyles, Nicole Pyles’ father, told the Youth Justice Project.
Donald Trump Bashes 2020 Presidential Election As 'Crime Of The Century'
       
Donald Trump called the 2020 presidential election the “crime of the century” on Saturday, even as Republican leaders scrambled to dodge the fallout from the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol that supporters of the former president carried out earlier this year. Trump also claimed that polling ahead of the election was rigged. “I don’t think anybody is questioning the legitimacy of the presidential election,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Wednesday after he and other congressional leaders met with Biden. We’re sitting here with the president today.”However, several Republicans indeed have continued to undermine the legitimacy of the democratic presidential election. The former president’s rhetoric about election fraud motivated rioters to storm the Capitol on Jan. 6.
Facebook’s US data transfers suffered a setback in Ireland. Here’s what you need to know.
       
The decision does not mark the end of Facebook’s ability to send people's data across the Atlantic. The Dublin court largely rebuffed Facebook’s attempts to find fault with the Irish DPC’s regulatory process. It seems the rationale for its use of SCCs to shuttle European’s data to the U.S is on increasingly shaky ground. In its ruling Friday, the court said four such appeals had already been filed with Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner. Yet with EU-U.S. data transfers — both from Facebook and other companies — now in jeopardy, the pendulum is increasingly swinging toward keeping data closer to home.
Russian vaccine’s hot streak is sputtering
       
A rolling review began in March, but the agency hasn't yet received the full clinical trial data package. Inspections of vaccine clinical trial and manufacturing sites are ongoing. It also flagged "inadequate" studies by the Sputnik team, including in the analysis of "impurities and contaminating virus during the manufacturing process." Data troublesIndependent of the regulators, some scientists have also raised further questions about the clinical trial results backing the shot. From drug pricing, EMA, vaccines, pharma and more, our specialized journalists keep you on top of the topics driving the health care policy agenda.
The Conductor Who Whipped American Orchestras Into Shape
       
“For those who grew to musical maturity with the concert life of the United States in the 1930s and 1940s, his name may still have an aura,” Halina Rodzinski wrote in her memoirs, almost two decades after the death of her spouse, the Polish conductor Artur Rodzinski. “For those who are younger,” she went on to lament, “my husband is a dry reference in a musical encyclopedia or a name on a record cover in the cut-rate rack of a discount store.”That was in 1976. And the decades since have not been kind to Rodzinski, leaving him remembered, if at all, for embodying “all that a real maestro was supposed to be,” a critic once wrote: “preening, arbitrary, dictatorial, unpredictable, driven by ambition.”
Makeup Is for Everyone
       
THE FIRST TIME I remember ever seeing a man wearing makeup was at a nightclub in midtown Kansas City, Mo., that allowed in under-21s one night a month. Chapter 4: On men wearing makeup, a practice with a long history, but one that has really taken off in the last decade. What was different was that he had on makeup: a full face of it, the kind of carefully blended eye shadow, blush and lipstick that a higher-maintenance girl than I might have worn to make herself more visible for a night out. In other words, he wasn’t in drag, or in makeup to be goth or emo, in the way my brother might have drawn black lines around his eyes before going to a concert. Nor was he wearing makeup as we might have for a performance in a high school play, as a way to create a character.
As demand for vaccine wanes, officials shift from not wasting a dose to not wasting an arm
       
In Maryland, 6,435 doses have been wasted and more than 5 million shots were administered as of May 6, said Charlie Gischlar, a spokesman for the state health department. A large chunk of those — 1,580 — were lost when a hospital freezer on the Eastern Shore broke; in other cases there were defective syringes, broken vials and vaccines thawed and not used, he said.
The Wizards’ bench has been key to their rise. They’ll need it again to earn the No. 8 seed.
       
“I’ll be honest,” Brooks said. I said, ‘Your first month, I thought I was better than you.’ There were times that he struggled, but I’ll tell you what: He just kept playing. And then it starts to grow on you, and you see it every day. He locks in to every play and every timeout just in case I might make a sub after the huddle breaks — and then he started playing better in practice. And then I threw him in a game …”
Israel has chosen a two-tiered society. Violence is the inevitable result.
       
For decades, Israel managed to fence itself off from its supposedly separate and temporary occupation project. Many Palestinians have long seen right through it and called this regime of ethnic domination by its proper name. This diagnosis of apartheid is accurate not only because the occupation is inseparable from Israel (who, exactly, is running the military regime in the occupied territories?) but because policies of domination and supremacy of one group (Jews) over the other (Palestinians) are at the core of shaping reality between the river and the sea.
A surprising pandemic side effect: It has improved health care
       
Although my mom’s program is far more advanced than what most patients have access to, many components of continuous-care models have been implemented in my clinic, which serves low-income and uninsured patients. Once I was issued an iPhone and permitted to text and FaceTime with my patients, I found myself keeping up with them more, checking in after visits to confirm that they picked up the medication I had prescribed or just to see how they were doing. While this did create new burdens on me as a doctor, it also created new efficiencies — a quick text often saves a great deal of downstream communication. It was also a way for me to more deeply connect with my patients, something that had been wanting in my medical practice for years.
Opinion : The new mask policy is a moment to savor. This is the beginning of the end.
       
We’ve said plenty about the foibles and failures of political leaders, including a president who mused about injecting disinfectant, but let’s take a moment to express profound thanks for the remarkable work of scientists who confronted the most grave disease threat in a century and forged an effective response. The extraordinary mRNA vaccines by Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech are based on years of foundational research by dedicated researchers who were far from the limelight. Add to their innovation the extremely rapid vaccine development and manufacturing efforts of 2020, bringing these and other vaccines to the front lines in a span of months, plus the onslaught of revealing studies about the virus, its genetics and behavior, down to the tip of its spike protein, and one must conclude we live in an age of truly wondrous biomedical advances.
Dallas prosecutor disbarred for withholding evidence that could have cleared men of murder charges
       
One recent study found more than half of wrongfully convicted defendants were victimized by government misconduct — but prosecutors almost never face consequences as serious as disbarment. According to the Innocence Project, Jackson is one of just four prosecutors who have been disbarred for misconduct that resulted in a wrongful conviction. In one recent case, a Texas district attorney was disbarred in 2015 after the state bar found he withheld evidence and used false testimony to convict a death-row inmate who has since been exonerated.
Ditching meat isn’t the answer for climate change. Better farming is.
       
In contrast, when farms mimic a healthy natural environment, our food system can be a force for sustainability. And a healthy, natural environment doesn’t necessarily mean one without animals. Often, pea, soy and potato crops don’t resemble natural ecosystems — they are vast monocultures that rely on large machinery, intensive processing and global distribution, just like the industrial system that produces meat on a large scale. Farms that approximate natural ecosystems by definition must include animals. Think about when the Great Plains were at their healthiest — those incredibly productive grasslands were fed by herds of buffalo, eating plants and fertilizing in their wake.
The meat industry is doing exactly what Big Oil does to fight climate action
       
I did not attempt to undermine the work of the authors from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Rather, I was able to help set the record straight about the true impact of animal agriculture on global warming. In fact, I later became chairman of a FAO global livestock project called LEAP. Animal agriculture is not the main source of climate change that many would have us believe. That notwithstanding, it does in fact contribute to climate change, which is why I work diligently to help farmers reduce that contribution.”)
Beef isn’t being banned. But it’s always a staple of the culture-war diet.
       
What we eat, and don’t eat, has tremendous emotional and symbolic power. It’s one way we tell the world who we are, which tribes we belong to, what we value. For symbolism, few foods rival meat, which has historically been tied to strength, virility and prosperity. Meat generally, and beef in particular, has always been central to aspirational culture in America, in part because it was abundant and cheap; in the New World, poor immigrants could aspire to eat like their betters.
Israeli forces on standby at Gaza border amid bloody clashes
       
The Israeli military directed heavy artillery fire and dozens of airstrikes into Gaza overnight, as fears grew that a ground invasion of the territory could be launched to quell rocket fire from Palestinian militants. CNN's Nic Robertson has the latest.
Raju questions GOP lawmakers over their comments on Capitol riot
       
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) said she is "offended" by some House Republicans who are whitewashing the January 6 attack on the US Capitol. CNN's Manu Raju reports.
Why ballots in controversial election 'audit' are being moved
       
Officials overseeing a controversial and unusual election "audit" in Arizona now have to move all of the ballots into storage to accommodate high school graduations. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.
Hear why this governor is keeping state's mask mandate
       
David Ige (D-HI) says he's keeping his state's mask mandate despite CDC guidance that it's safe for vaccinated individuals to go maskless in most indoor and outdoor situations.
Crash victim had posted videos riding in Tesla on Autopilot
       
LOS ANGELES — The driver of a Tesla involved in a fatal crash that California highway authorities said may have been operating on Autopilot posted social media videos of himself riding in the vehicle without his hands on the wheel or foot on the pedal. The May 5 crash in Fontana, a city 50 miles east of Los Angeles, is also under investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “Every time we spoke to him, he would light up talking about his kids and loved his Tesla,” Tesla Club-SoCal posted on Instagram. The CHP announced Thursday that its preliminary investigation had determined that the Tesla’s partially automated driving system called Autopilot “was engaged” prior to the crash. In a 2018 crash in Mountain View, California, an Apple engineer driving on Autopilot was killed when his Tesla struck a highway barrier.
Fmr. DHS Sec. Michael Chertoff: "We’re under attack -- but it’s a domestic attack”
       
Michael Chertoff was Secretary of Homeland Security during George W Bush's administration. He joins Ali Velshi to discuss the future of the GOP, as well as political and national security complexities that make a 9/11-style commission trickier in “a much more political environment.” “After 9/11 everybody came together...because we knew we were under attack. We're under attack now...but it’s a domestic attacker.” The political divide this creates has beget “an allergy to the truth,” says Chertoff.
What to Know About the 146th Preakness Stakes
       
The world knows about Medina Spirit by now: the gritty Derby victory, the failed drug test and a long wait to see if the colt would be disqualified. Concert Tour was undefeated in three races heading into the Arkansas Derby on April 10. But after he finished a distant third in that race, Baffert decided to have him skip the Derby and focus on the Preakness. The Hall of Famer Mike Smith, who has won the Preakness twice, picks up the mount. He should be ready for Saturday.”The Derby controversy aside, a victory from either Medina Spirit or Concert Tour would give Baffert a record eight victories in the Preakness.
Here is where the candidates stand on affordable housing.
       
The city’s housing crisis has become a key issue in the mayor’s race — and not just because two candidates, Ray McGuire and Shaun Donovan, were ridiculed this week after estimating that the median price of a Brooklyn home was about $100,000. (It’s actually $900,000). New York City faces a severe shortage of apartments deemed affordable, a longstanding issue that has priced poor tenants out of gentrifying neighborhoods. Nearly half of the city’s renters are rent-burdened, meaning that more than 30 percent of their income goes toward rent. The de Blasio administration has committed to creating or preserving 300,000 affordable apartments by 2026, but that has done little to ease the affordability crisis.
Preakness Live Updates: Medina Spirit, Embattled Kentucky Derby Winner, Takes Aim at Triple Crown’s Second Leg
       
Live Preakness Live Updates: Medina Spirit, Embattled Kentucky Derby Winner, Takes Aim at Triple Crown’s Second Leg Bob Baffert’s Medina Spirit was installed as the 9-5 morning-line favorite, after nearly being excluded from the Preakness when it was disclosed that he had failed a drug test after the Derby. Medina Spirit, who is trained by Bob Baffert, at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday morning. It sets up an awkward situation if Medina Spirit were to win the second leg of the Triple Crown. Spectators making their way to their seats as the undercard of the Preakness Stakes get underway. Credit... Charlie Riedel/Associated Press Besides Medina Spirit, two other Derby horses — Midnight Bourbon and Keepmeinmind — are racing in the Preakness.
Elder Scrolls Online won’t end until the players leave, studio director says
       
Firor: We have three different groups of players, generally. We add millions of new players every year, like millions, and we have every year since 2014. We also have players that come in and play certain pieces of content, like our chapter, which launches pretty much every June. ... And then we have players that log in regularly, every week, every day, to do dungeons and co-op content and so forth. And some of our new players end up becoming long-term players and some of our long-term players churn out and then they come back a year later.
Bob Baffert, long horse racing’s irreverent king, sits on a precarious throne
       
From there — and there, and there — Bob Baffert took his irreverence to the reverent places of horse racing, sprinkling spice upon the staid. By the time he turned 68 in January, he had 16 Triple Crown wins, 17 Breeders’ Cup wins and quite some globetrotting: When he needed emergency heart surgery in March 2012, it happened in Dubai, where he has won the world’s richest race thrice. The tentacles he has sent coursing through the sport mean that for the Kentucky Derby alone, he has entered 35 horses (with two scratched) for 43 owners and 18 jockeys, eight of those (and counting) in the Hall of Fame, as is, of course, Baffert.
Mystics, missing key parts of their title team, fall to Sky in season opener
       
“It’s been hard,” Mystics Coach and General Manager Mike Thibault said. “Tina’s trying to get used to her teammates. They’re trying to get used to her. [The Sky] looked like a team that’s been together more and that has practiced more together, and it showed. The lack of rhythm and lack of familiarity is a problem right now.”
Wide receiver competition heats up; Ron Rivera encourages vaccinations at rookie minicamp
       
“You have got to get those to be safe going forward. Why would we avoid wanting to get the coronavirus vaccine?” he said. “I hope people go out there and get these vaccinations, so we can return to normal. It was cool today not having to worry about putting a mask on. I still put it on out of respect and caution for those who have to wear it.”
Photos: The scene ahead of the Preakness in Baltimore
       
Medina Spirit, who failed a postrace drug test after winning the Kentucky Derby, last weekend, is set to compete in the 146th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore to go for the second leg of the Triple Crown.
BBC Journalist Martin Bashir Steps Down As Report On Princess Diana Interview Looms
       
Martin Bashir has left the BBC as the broadcaster prepares to release a report on how the journalist secured a bombshell 1995 television interview with Princess Diana. During the interview, Diana revealed unhappy details of her marriage to Prince Charles, which had by then broken down past the point of repair but was still a year away from a formal end. However, Spencer maintains that Bashir made a series of bogus claims that led him to introduce the journalist to his sister. According to Spencer, Bashir said Diana was being bugged by security services and that two senior aides were being paid to provide information about her ? even producing bank statements as purported evidence. Bashir joined the BBC in 1987, and eventually made the jump to U.S. media.
Mayor Apologizes On Behalf Of City For Deadly Shooting On Historically Black Campus
       
Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba and state Sen. Hillman Frazier of Jackson spoke during a graduation ceremony for the Class of 1970 of what was then Jackson State College, now Jackson State University. Killed were 21-year-old Jackson State student Phillip Lafayette Gibbs and 17-year-old James Earl Green, a high school student who was on campus while walking home from work. Lumumba and Frazier are both Black, and both represent a city now more than 80% Black. According to a report by President Richard Nixon’s Commission on Campus Unrest, Jackson State students had been throwing rocks at white motorists. Jackson State on Saturday awarded posthumous honorary doctorate degrees to Gibbs and Green, and their sisters accepted those.
I Love Living With My Best Friend, So I Bought A House With Her And Her Husband
       
I ended my marriage at the same time she was making her own fresh start, and after two years of friendship, we were living together. Our friendship felt like a superpower, an impenetrable force field that protected us from the more arbitrary rules of adulthood. Some asked where I would be living after the wedding, as though it were impossible for us to remain as we were. This is accomplished through gently prodding questions, but the new house has emboldened people to conduct a rigorous verbal entrance exam. We use phrases like “just friends,” don’t recognize friendship milestones like anniversaries and act as though men don’t even need friendship.
As GOP governors end federal unemployment benefits, experts say minimum wage must be reexamined
       
GOP governors ending federal unemployment benefits in the midst of the pandemic is slammed by experts. Tiffany Cross and her panel discuss.
Philadelphia says MOVE bombing victims' remains found
       
Remains of victims of a 1985 bombing that were thought to have been improperly cremated and destroyed have been found, Philadelphia’s mayor said Friday, a day after the resignation of the city’s health commissioner. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said in a statement Friday that the remains, which belonged to the victims of a bombing of a Black organization, were found Friday afternoon in a refrigerated area of the medical examiner’s office. The remains of the MOVE bombing victims were thought to have been cremated in 2017. “Once the investigation is complete, the City will return the remains to the victims’ family in accordance with their wishes,” he said. The mayor said there were still many unanswered questions, including why the remains had not been cremated as the health commissioner directed.
Kid reporter who interviewed Obama at White House dies at 23
       
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The student reporter who gained national acclaim when he interviewed President Barack Obama at the White House in 2009 has died of natural causes, his family says. Damon Weaver was 23 when he died May 1, his sister, Candace Hardy, told the Palm Beach Post. Weaver was 11 when he interviewed Obama for 10 minutes in the Diplomatic Room on Aug. 13, 2009, asking questions that focused primarily on education. Weaver then asked Obama to be his “homeboy,” saying then-Vice President Joe Biden had already accepted. “Damon was the kid who ran after me in the hall to tell me he was interested,” his teacher, Brian Zimmerman, told the Post in 2016.
Daily Beast reports shocking new Matt Gaetz allegations: “Donors footed the bill”
       
The Daily Beast is out with brand new reporting detailing more disturbing activity and corruption on the part of Rep. Matt Gaetz and Joel Greenberg. Investigations reporter Joel Pagliery predicts this “will all come crashing down” on the Congressman. “Matt Gaetz keeps saying he never paid for sex – we have witnesses that say differently.” The admissions from Joel Greenberg add to the trouble. “The feds have the receipts.”
University of California agrees not to use SAT, ACT scores in admissions
       
SAN FRANCISCO — The University of California won’t consider SAT and ACT scores that are submitted with admission and scholarship applications under a settlement of a student lawsuit that was announced Friday. They also say wealthier students typically take expensive prep courses that help boost their scores, which many students can’t afford. Incoming students this fall didn’t submit SAT or ACT scores. However, regents had said applicants for fall 2021 and 2022 could submit the scores voluntarily. Under the agreement, SAT and ACT scores won’t be considered for admission for students applying for entry between fall 2021 and spring 2025.
What I'm Learning from Globalization and Why I Believe in a World Without Borders
       
Anderson in a TedTalk discusses the function of borders historically and their function today as a dystopian structure sustaining inequality. Not only does the concept of a borderless world lie in the foreground of a new view of immigration but a world without definitive nation-states would require an overarching global effort and formal body. Imaging a borderless world during COVID may provide for a unified and global response. These three principles will be important to consider or draw upon in a focus for global citizenship and a borderless world. Maybe my opinion for no borders and global governance stems from my experience of a transitional upbringing, inhibiting strong nationalistic ties or belonging.
NPR at 50 – Straying from Its Civic Mission?
       
NPR makes sure to identify corporate sponsorship such as Facebook or Amazon when they are doing reports affecting these companies. A key reason for Congress creating NPR was to have its affiliates fill local news gaps, largely neglected by the commercial stations. WAMC has spent good money hiring local reporters in upstate eastern New York, western Massachusetts, and Vermont who know and stay on the beat. WAMC reporters were furious, and I was told this wasn’t the first time NPR messed up. Unlike its commercial competition, NPR and PBS’s News Hour start their news programs with ads, something commercial NBC, CBS, and ABC do not do.
Michael Harrington
       
And so, if you will accept the metaphor for the moment, if we were to ask who might be considered the abbot of those imagined modern-day socialist preservationist monks, a logical choice might be Michael Harrington. The young Harrington, like many a young socialist before and after him, cobbled together a living. In 1968, he became something of a figurehead president of the Socialist Party which he then quit in 1972. Harrington wrote 16 books, and in his speaking and writing continually reflected that democratic commitment – both substantively and rhetorically. And that fact is in no small part due to the lifelong efforts of Michael Harrington.
Billions for Farmers of Color Isn’t Racist – It’s Smart and Long Overdue
       
This policy shift pushed small white and Black farmers off the land, hastening the decline of rural communities. Part of this story is how farmers of color in particular, have been systematically denied the same resources that white farmers received. The lawsuit on behalf of a group of white farmers in Wisconsin, launched by the right-wing Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, (like a similar lawsuit in Texas), claims that dedicating resources to specific groups to which white farmers may not belong, is racist. Yet, as USDA Secretary Vilsack noted “--it’s pretty clear that white farmers did pretty well,” referencing payouts in 2020 relief programs. There is no anti-white racism involved here, only further attempts to perpetuate decades of institutional racism against Black farmers.
Getting Back to Basics in Policy on Israel
       
We can argue all day, as children do, about who started this latest round of Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is often called intractable, when in fact there are plenty of ideas for achieving peace with justice. I cited one such idea in my book, Engaging Adversaries:In 2011 a virtual who’s-who of the US foreign policy establishment endorsed . If political will were in good supply, we would witness two states living in peace and security. But equally necessary is revisiting, and dealing with, the root causes of this unending conflict.
Putting the “Capitalism” in “Surveillance Capitalism” ? Current Affairs
       
Just as capitalism promises the domination of nature, surveillance capitalism promises the domination of human nature via our behavior. We care about their dignity and human rights.” – Phillip Morris InternationalA central argument of Zuboff in The Age of Surveillance Capitalism is that today’s surveillance capitalism evades granular comparison with the capitalism of yore. The writing on the wall was there for decades: surveillance capitalism was the natural continuation of industrial capitalism. In fact, the ills of industrial capitalism can tell us a lot about surveillance capitalism. Peppered throughout many critiques of surveillance capitalism are references to authoritarian surveillance as a foil.
Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day: Phil Jensen- 2021 Update
       
Phil Jensen has continued his attacks upon this LGBTQ community, but apparently isn’t content to only do so as a legislator. At a town hall in February of 2017, as David Hubbard, from the Human Rights campaign asked “Who will protect the people of South Dakota from discrimination? Phil Jensen survived both a GOP challenger, as well as a Democratic challenger in the 2018 elections. The only good news about that fact is… Jensen was term-limited and could not run for re-election to the South Dakota State Senate in 2020. Because he jumped to the lower chamber to avoid term limits, Phil Jensen can hold office until 2028, and his current term will last through the end of 2022.
? FP&IE Daily Sat: Eid in Caribbean; China in Mars and Australia; and more
       
Welcome to the daily fresh all day adventure at “Foreign Policy and International Events Group” aka FP&IE. 1) CNN: ''China has successfully landed a rover on Mars, state media says.'' 4) NDTV: ''"Nihao Mars": China Spacecraft Touches Down On Red Planet, Makes History.'' 5) SCMP: ''China lands Zhu Rong Mars rover after ‘nine minutes of terror’''. ?? ? ? ?? ? Australia - China Trade War: Over at Asia Times (14 May 2021) Helen Clark shares her observation that Australia largely winning its trade war with ChinaPERTH – Australia is often blamed for putting all its eggs and everything else into one basket then shipping the lot to China.
Foreign Policy and Science Fiction
       
His experiences infuse the Retief stories with considerable cynicism toward the diplomatic corps, an attitude that would doubtless be unchanged if he were to work in the field today, and one that might well have adequate cause in the far future twenty-ninth century of Retief’s time. Classic tongue-in-cheek ambassadorial descriptions. When ambassadors from Earth found that the so-called Galactic Federation was a giant pyramidal con game, it was necessary for them to develop sneakiness to new levels, or be eaten. There are no diplomats in his writing, unless one includes the Lords of the Instrumentality, and they have no particular reason to be diplomatic, since they hold near-ultimate power. Still, without one, we would never have had the other.
Trumpism on Long Island
       
Smithtown, New York residents prefer a mythical version of the town's history rather than an account of its racist past. The conspiracy theories at the core of Trumpism are infecting at least one Long Island school board election scheduled for May 18. They claim “Students that are considered ‘white’ are being severely targeted” and “History class is being used to mislead students about the founding principles of America.” The Smithtown school district is one of the most overwhelmingly white school districts on Long Island. Historians estimate that during the 1920s, over ten percent of Long island adults were Klan members. According to Elaine Gross, President of ERASE Racism, "Long Island is one of the 10 most racially segregated metro regions in the nation, and our schools are becoming more segregated.
Saturday Morning Home Repair 5
       
Welcome again to Saturday Morning Home Repair blogging, where we talk about fixing houses and the things in them that are supposed to work for us. An ad hoc cadre of building professionals and gifted amateurs attempt to answer questions that arise from readers, and offer encouragement and advice for those inclined to do things for themselves, if they can. We all do a lot of things, collectively, and can probably help out with insights from our vast experience. Or sometimes, we just gab.
A Broken Legal System
       
It’s hard not to look at the current state of our legal system and not recognize that it is badly broken. It withheld documents and lied to multiple federal courts, including the Supreme Court, about the origins of the census question. It lied to federal courts in an attempt to block New York State from the Trusted Traveler program. Much of the above may seem like separate issues but they are indicative of the larger breakdown of our legal system. The strength of our democracy was long supported by the strength of the legal system.
ArtKos: Saturday Painting Palooza Vol.822
       
The photo that I'm using is seen directly below. When last seen the painting appeared as it does in the photo seen directly below. Since that time I have continued to work on the painting. The current and final state of the painting is seen in the photo directly below. I'll have a new painting to show you next week.
Saturday Morning Garden Blogging Vol. 17.20: An Afternoon at the Garden Center!
       
Lots and lots and lots of plants. Besides all the greenery, there were fun garden decorations. The other three went on the house side of my small pond. I hope you enjoyed this small selection from Hafner’s Garden Center. What’s your favorite garden center or other place to buy plants, seeds, garden decorations?
Those committed to truth and facts must fight five times harder than the Republicans and their lies.
       
: Republicans create the first-ever debt-ceiling crisis, threatening to default on the nation’s debts unless Democrats accept GOP demands on spending cuts. : Republicans threaten another shutdown. : Republicans threaten another shutdown. : Republicans threaten another shutdown. : Republicans threaten another shutdown.
HBCUs: Unequal Before the Bond Markets
       
Yet, as a story in The Hill showed, HBCUs are still unequal before the bond markets . Promises to diversify the ranks of Wall Street have so far fallen short. This serves to reinforce the status quo so that at a time when interest rates are at historic lows, HBCUs are unable to tap the bond markets to finance their growth and development. The Biden Administration and state authorities should work to extend tax-exemption status to HBCU bonds to increase the demand for HBCU bonds; and create high-subsidy direct pay bonds, or grant taxable direct pay HBCU bonds federal guarantees. These actions would increase investor demand for HBCU bonds, allowing more HBCUs to issue bonds.
How long can the Right Wing propagandists keep spinning their crazy lies?
       
What this doesn’t explain is how so many people will believe one lie today and the opposite lie tomorrow. [1] Conceptually, the term authoritarian personality originated from the writings of Erich Fromm, and usually is applied to men and women who exhibit a strict and oppressive personality towards their subordinates. I ask myself whether the Right Wing spin machine can keep doing this indefinitely no matter how ludicrous the lie is, and when they can’t keep their lies consistent from day to day. Could Big Brother say 2 + 2 = 5 one day and the next day say 2 + 2 = 6? Could Trump say he really lost the election and would people believe him?
Saturday: See The Sea
       
I have no Cafe bird today. It’s been a very long and bad week. All are welcome to join the fun, the silliness, the conversations. There will be a few surprises along the way, all good ones, we hope. Trolls will be incinerated and served at the next group BBQ.
Ask GOP Lawmakers: Did you get vaccinated?
       
Members of the media and constituents should ask GOP lawmakers directly, Have you been vaccinated? Your de facto party leader, former President Trump has been vaccinated, so why aren’t you endorsing vaccinations for your constituents? Members of the general public can ask their state and Congressional lawmakers these questions themselves by email or in person. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy went on the record in April, stating that about 25% of House members have not been vaccinated. While most members of the Senate seem to have been vaccinated, three are on record as not having taken the vaccine, to date.
Photo Diary: Critters
       
Just a few bugs, beasts and birdies seen lately in the Tampa Bay area. For those who don't know, I lived in a converted campervan and traveled around the country, posting photo diaries of places that I visited. But the pandemic has clipped my wings, and I am now holed up in Florida until I can begin traveling again.
Book Review: Original Wisdom by Donna Bond
       
Original Wisdom is not one of those preachy self-help books with a cure for anything that ails ya. Author Donna Bond has generously offered herself as a spiritual guide and her book as a gift. With Bond’s help, you will find your “original wisdom,” what is true in you, “an inherent intelligence in all of us rooted in unconditional love.”Bond does not talk at you. Bond does not play. This book is an extension of the spiritual journeys of many writers, scientists, and philosophers that have come before.
Defend Democracy: Referendum Petitions Will Force Popular Vote on Arizona Voter Suppression Bills
       
Arizona Deserves Better is a group formed in order to challenge a series of voter suppression bills now passing through the Arizona Legislature and expected to be signed by Governor Doug Ducey. While vote-suppressing extremists hold a narrow majority in the Arizona Legislature, the state Constitution’s referendum provision, adopted in the early 1900s, allows the people to overturn bills adopted by the Legislature. Please contribute to Arizona Deserves Better through our ActBlue. The money will be used by a broad coalition of civic and progressive groups, partnered with Arizona Deserves Better, to get this job done. Please donate to or volunteer with Arizona Deserves Better in order to help us defend democracy.
Democrats and "Moral Capitalism"
       
Should Democrats Stand for Moral Capitalism? There is a fascinating interview in the New York Review of Books with historian Michael Kazin from Georgetown University, called The Enduring Power of Moral Capitalism. HIs argument is that the Democratic Party has been committed to the idea of using government to lessen the harsher aspects of capitalism. This is a quote from the interview:Kazin believes the political and rhetorical strength of this moral capitalism, as both an “ideal and the party policies it helped to animate,” has been demonstrated time and again at the ballot box. I offer this article not to engage in arguments but because i find the concept of using the words “moral capitalism” to be more effective in America than the phrase democratic socialism.
Re-imagining Internal Migrations in the United States with PRISM.
       
One of the things the Right has managed to politicize into hysterics has been the phenomenon of internal geographic mobility in the United States. Internal Migration in the United States appears to manifested in a “Big State Paradox;” wherein the biggest magnets for migrats are America’s most populated states such as California, Texas, and Florida. Educational attainment colors migration patterns across the United States. Lastly, California serves as an important node for internal migration within the United States. which would contribute to the transformation of the United States.
The Daily Bucket. Olsen Barn Meadow; Chester, CA
       
Very abundant at the Olsen Barn Meadow area. I went here:Beloved Chester barn and meadow protected by the community. Olsen Barn Meadow is 107 acres of meadow, creekside forest, and wetland next to Lake Almanor at the eastern entrance to the town of Chester, California. Boasting stunning vistas of the lake and Lassen Peak, the property is best known for its 130+ year-old historic barn. To have the Daily Bucket in your Activity Stream, visit Backyard Science’s profile page and click on Follow.
Interviews like Ayman Mohyeldin and Israeli ambassador show the importance of diversity.
       
MSNBC Host Ayman Mohyeldin interviewed Israeli ambassador Mark Regev. Ayman Mohyeldin does what journalists doSee full episodes here. Having Ayman Mohyeldin, a reporter yoked in the Middle East, interviewing subjects in the conflict, gives a much more rounded picture of the conflict. Is it so difficult to understand that the violence from the Israeli military is not proportionate to the attacks they face? What Ayman Mohyeldin did in this interview is provide context.
DKos Asheville Open Thread: Vance Monument removal, Restaurants maskless problem, The Majestic
       
John Harbin, May 15th 2021The Vance Monument, a 75-foot-tall stone obelisk named for former Confederate military officer, N.C. Senator Zebulon Vance, is set to come down, starting Monday. City of Asheville officials say they have placed barricades in the area to provide a safe construction work zone to begin the process of removing the stone monument, set to begin the week of May 17, 2021. City officials say there will be active equipment on South Park Square as part of the removal for about two weeks. Sidewalks around the area will remain open, but the streets will be closed, as well as the public space around the area of the monument for safety.
What is the greatest athletic feat of all time?
       
So what’s your greatest athletic feat of all time? We just took our umpteenth visit (chomping at the bit for umpteenth plus one) to Yosemite Valley, where I was reminded of what I think is the most amazing athletic feat ever pulled off by a human being. In case you don’t recognize it, that giant monolith you see above is El Capitan in Yosemite Valley. It is reputed to be about the biggest continuous sheer cliff face on planet earth. He climbed that sheer cliff face with zero safety gear.
The Power and the Glory: QAnon’s Perverse Incentives Drives Conspiracy Community
       
Perhaps most of all, joining a QAnon conspiracy thread can be fun. It’s a dangerous conspiracy theory, and there are lots of ways of understanding conspiracy theories without ARGs. In both cases, ‘do your research’ leads curious onlookers to a cornucopia of brain-tingling information.”Hon wrote: “The far-right QAnon conspiracy theory is so sprawling, it’s hard to know where people join. (The QAnon Anonymous Podcast chops up the best conspiracy theories of the post-truth era. Its 6 episodes explores the QAnon conspiracy theory and the people involved with it.)
Former Guy Wannabe Vs. Dick Cheney, Legit Political Godfather
       
“[Obama] continues to feel the need to proclaim that he is not Dick Cheney and every time I hear him say that I’ve got to say ‘You’re right. But when I asked about Dick Cheney their looks turned cold. “You don’t talk about Dick Cheney.” “You don’t ask about Dick Cheney.” The message was clear: Do not cross Dick Cheney. Dick Cheney is the single scariest figure in politics, a Titan of scorekeeping and score settling. He is a “one phone call guy”, as close as a political party ever came to having a true Godfather.
House GOP leaders join Hannity to genuflect to the former guy, praise his 'energy'
       
It went like this:x "But at no time, having known Joe Biden for quite some time, does he have the energy of Donald Trump. Donald Trump didn't need to sleep five hours a night" -- Kevin McCarthy to Hannity pic.twitter.com/LKSKLUoC8E — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 15, 2021Transcript! You’ve been around Donald Trump, you’ve been around Joe Biden. Check this:But several people familiar with the president’s decision-making style said Mr. Biden was quick to cut off conversations. Get them all, including the finale, Goodbye, Asshat: 101 Farewell Letters to Donald Trump, at this link.
Esquimalt Nation Dancers
       
The southern end of Vancouver Island, North America’s largest Pacific Island, is the traditional homeland of the Esquimalt and Songhees First Nations. The Esquimalt Nation Dancers recently performed as a part of the Aboriginal Cultural Festival in Victoria, B.C. Through their performance of songs, dances, and stories, they shared their culture with the guests in the audience, welcoming them to their homeland in a traditional manner. Caution: these are not “powwow” dances nor do the dancers look like the stereotypical Plains Indians. Traditionally, visitors to the village would be greeted with dances, to welcome them and to bring them into harmony with the village.
Mikayla Miller: The Forest At Night
       
Mikayla Miller's apartment on Revolutionary Way was surrounded by a dense forest, but authorities implied she walked about half a mile to find a tree to hang herself. The next morning the sun rose at 5:58 am, so the forest was visible when the jogger found Mikayla’s body at approximately 7:45 am. I know because when I lived in Hopkinton I visited the Berry Acres Conservation Area where Mikayla’s body was found. That forest is identical to the forest a few yards from my door at my Hopkinton home. The idea of Mikayla walking around a zero-visibility forest for half a mile searching for an appropriate tree to hang herself from is utterly ridiculous.
Returning to some normalcy, Virginia Governor lifts mask mandate
       
One of our first sighs of relief at the community level was the ability to go visit the salon (or the dentist). It was nice to be able to visit those places and start taking up some routines that helped us feel healthy and more human again. She’d wash my hair before cutting it and then wash it again so I could go back to work. So I had longer hair even before lockdown. In my cul-de-sac alone, six families have moved away for economic or personal reasons.
Targeting journalists is a war crime. Israel bombs international media in Gaza
       
x4/ NPR: Why did Israel never tell AP before an hour? REGEV: We gave them enough time to ensure that none of their people would be hurt in our operation. NPR: How long has Israel known that Hamas has been using that building? REGEV: I can't share that information.
A "Personal Responsibility" Approach to COVID-19 That Conservatives Should Love (but They WON'T)
       
Two cornerstones of the ideology that Conservatives have traditionally espoused are individual freedom and personal responsibility. The logic is, we should have maximum freedom to do whatever we want, and exercise personal responsibility to take accountability for our resulting conduct. If anyone could get vaccinated and be protected virtually 100% against any long term COVID effects, vaccines would be a simple solution. Those who choose to remain unvaccinated reap the consequences of their actions (and a posthumous eye roll from Darwin). Scew the carrot, we need to get out the stick that Conservatives love to preach but hate to practice — personal responsibility.
If Mozart Were Alive Today, He'd Be A Rocker
       
I grew up playing music in band (percussion), in the orchestra (violin), and piano, just for fun. But I've been listening to rock music constantly, since I discovered it as a teenager. I like pretty much all music, and have found I can listen to anything. And orchestral backup has long been a part of rock music. A band out of England, called ‘Architects’, has released a song titled, “Animals,” and they have an orchestral version of the song that they've released on YouTube.
55 Chemicals Not Before Reported in Humans Found in Blood of Pregnant Women & Their Newborns
       
Fifty-five chemicals never before reported in human were found in the blood of pregnant women, and in the umbilical blood of their newborns, according to a study from the University of California San Francisco published online in Environmental Science and Technology. Using high-resolution mass spectrometry, the research team performed suspect screening for ?3500 industrial chemicals. They found 109, 42 of them "mystery chemicals", among55 compounds not previously reported in the literature, the majority which [42] have limited to no information about their sources or uses. Including known multiple applications of the identified substance, 40 are used in plasticizers, 28 in cosmetics, 25 in other consumer products, 29 in pharmaceuticals, 23 in pesticides, 3 in flame retardants, and 7 PFAS compounds [per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances] used in many products including carpeting and upholstery. Senior author Tracey Woodruff, PhD, MPH —a former US Environmental Protection Agency scientist, who directs the Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE) and the Environmental Research and Translation for Health (EaRTH) Center, both at UCSF— called it “very disturbing”, saying even with chemicals registered to be manufactured for commercial use, exactly where and how they’re used is far from fully known, making many sources untraceable under the existing governmental “failure of public policy” — the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 was limited at the time it passed, and increasingly out of date.
SRSLY? House GOP Leader Heaps Praise on Trump for Sleeping Less than Biden
       
The political debate in America has significantly devolved since Donald Trump rose to (and fell from) power. Potato Head, or President Biden being responsible for a sauce shortage at Chick-fil-A. You've been around Donald Trump, you've been around Joe Biden. But at no time, having known Joe Biden for quite some time, does he have the energy of Donald Trump. x "But at no time, having known Joe Biden for quite some time, does he have the energy of Donald Trump.
Caturday Pootie Diary: Not Pony Tales or Cotton Tales
       
Outside, a lone duck swam around the pool, totally unaware of the drama he was causing. “Hmm,” he said again, and turned his back on the outside to jump up on the couch. Freddie looked at me in horror. “I really don’t think you understand how big you are. “I don’t think they’re even aware of you.
P Bernie Sanders sets the recent record straight.
       
In DC everyone talks about Israeli rights, and virtually never refer to Palestinian rights. Over more than a decade of his right-wing rule in Israel, Mr. Netanyahu has cultivated an increasingly intolerant and authoritarian type of racist nationalism. Only through peace between Israelis and Palestinians can any hope of more widespread peace in the region be attained. Mr. Netanyahu is a major reason for the escalation. The US need to become an honest broker and can start by putting human rights conditions on the annual $4billion.
Stop-the-Steal legislator removed from AZ audit because 'optics,' another provides security. Wot?
       
As I wrote earlier, that’s who has our ballots and we should not feel too good about that. Republican Party Chair Karen Fann took no responsibility, saying she had nothing to do with hiring Kern. Anyway, the “optics,” they said, just weren’t good, so former Senator Kern is now former auditor Kern. The other optics of the audit, of course, are just hunky dory; everything is moving along smoothly, right on schedule. That guy is paying for security of the ballots, which have been packed up for a week to allow schools to use the Coliseum for graduation ceremonies.
I Found Hope in the Least Likely Place. So can you: Saturday's GNR
       
When I was there visiting them about a year and a half ago, they told me how the left had collapsed in Israel. For a whole bunch of complicated reasons, the left wing parties that used to a real force now get like 10% of the vote. Jews and Arabs stood in peace side by side. They felt joy and hope and love. If left wing Arabs and Jews in Israel can gather in peace and love and keep working then we have no excuses.
N.C. Court of Appeals judge accused of trying to hit Black Lives Matter protestors with his car
       
From the Charlotte Observer:A Fayetteville activist has pressed assault charges against an N.C. Court of Appeals judge, alleging he tried to hit protesters with his car outside the downtown Market House this month. Myah Warren filed charges of assault with a deadly weapon against Judge John Tyson in Cumberland County on Friday. Warren said she was holding a Black Lives Matter sign at a downtown Fayetteville demonstration last week. …Warren said the vehicle traveled inside an inner lane painted with a “Black Lives Do Matter” mural and off-limits to cars. Glass confirmed the inner lane where protesters typically stand is closed to traffic but police received reports they had stepped outside.
DKos, Want to Have AOC's Back? Then Start Writing
       
This storming also gave Hamas the pretext to start shooting rockets at Israeli towns. Which then gave the Israeli military the pretext to start destroying Gaza's apartment and office towers, killing well over 100 people and counting. Transcript of the final 20 seconds:The President and many other figures this week stated that Israel has a right to self defense. None of those diaries, and surely not the Front Page ones, ever discussed the context in which AOC was assaulted. I understand the rationale for this cowardice: “I-P divides Democrats.” In order to keep our Big Tent — goes the conventional Democratic Establishment wisdom — let’s not make waves.
Marjorie Taylor Greene Broke Georgian Tax Law By Filing 2 Homestead Exemptions
       
Reported from local Georgia news media- Marjorie Taylor Greene has illegally filed homestead exemptions on two homes. Georgians are allowed to claim a tax break on only their primary residence. It’s illegal to file for more than one. Taylor Greene and her husband have two homes which are located within two different Georgia counties, North Fulton and Floyd. In the Floyd county application, Greene’s husband left blank the line that asked if they had another active exemption on any property.
Another Jew for BDS
       
I believed that another Holocaust could happen at any time, and that only Israel could save the Jewish people. Now I support the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS), which seeks to pressure Israel economically into lifting its oppression of the Palestinians. Some BDS founders were anti-Semites. After World War II, the Allied powers offered refuge to European Jews who survived the Holocaust in a country that was already home to the Palestinians. I don’t support BDS because I hate my people; I do it because I love them, and I want them to heal from the spirit-wounds of fear and hatred.
Insurrectionist who waved Confederate flag in Capitol allowed to take family road trip before trial
       
From Business Insider:The man pictured walking through the US Capitol holding a massive Confederate flag during the January 6 insurrection is about to head on a family road trip after a judge approved the vacation earlier this month. Kevin Seefried is allowed to take his scheduled family trip to Salvo, North Carolina, on May 15, returning to Delaware on May 22, according to court documents. His son, Hunter Seefried, was also charged in the Capitol siege; he too got approval to travel for the trip. According to court filings, prosecutors didn’t object to this father-son coup team’s little sojourn, even though their last road trip famously ended in tears. Of course, if a horde of Black Kamala Harris fans had stormed the Capitol carrying Black Lives Matter flags, they’d likely be taking family trips together, too.
Did Marjorie Taylor Greene and her husband commit tax fraud in Georgia? Sure looks like it
       
That very Floyd County, Georgia, home brings us to the alleged tax fraud (finally)! A Channel 2 Action News investigation has found that Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and her husband have two active homestead exemptions, which is against Georgia law. In the Floyd county application, Greene’s husband left blank the line that asked if they had another active exemption on any property. But Fulton County tax officials confirm to (investigative reporter Justin) Gray that Greene never stopped getting the tax break on the Fulton property. Is tax fraud enough to compel the removal of Greene from Congress, once and for all?
The civil war in the Republican Party is over, and the Republican Party lost
       
Throughout the actual American Civil War, the Confederate states were roiled by factionalism. The Republican civil war didn’t really end with Liz Cheney being booted from her seat—that was more in the order of a mopping up operation. The surrender came when Republican “leader” Kevin McCarthy traveled to Mar-a-Lago and officially handed over the GOP’s jellied spine to a man who had just lost the House, lost the White House, and lost the Senate. Just like the last time the forces of white supremacy lost a civil war, they’re working at the state level to build a new and improved Jim Crow 2.0. The Republican Party is 100% dead.
Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: The Jan. 6 insurrection still looms large
       
What the House Minority Leader’s role in ousting Liz Cheney tells us about the troubled future of the Republic. Asked if he accepted the legitimacy of Biden’s win, McCarthy responded, “I don’t think anybody is questioning the legitimacy of the Presidential election. I think that is all over with.” There was no follow-up to this statement, no instant fact check. McCarthy and his Senate counterpart, Mitch McConnell, talked about Biden’s proposed infrastructure bill and their opposition to tax increases to pay for it—a “non-starter,” McCarthy said. Except for one thing: what McCarthy said on the White House driveway was not true—not even close to true.
McCarthy desperately wanted to silence Cheney. He failed
       
The problem is, when McCarthy axed Cheney, he didn't actually silence her—that was just how things went in his fantasy land. Back in the real world, McCarthy handed her a megaphone and cut her loose to terrorize him and House Republicans for all time. Few things could grate on McCarthy more than a Cheney bid for the GOP nomination. x JUST IN: Rep. Liz Cheney tells @jonkarl that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy should "absolutely" testify before possible commission investigating Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. If McCarthy had kept Cheney close, he might have been able to mitigate the damage to some extent.
There are no easy answers for what's happening in Gaza
       
The current situation appears to have been inflamed after a single rocket was fired from Gaza just under a month ago. On the evening of May 10, a large number of rockets were launched from locations inside Gaza, with the rate of fire growing from dozens to hundreds over a few hours. The number of rockets launched was far greater than in past conflicts, which seems to indicate that the J-80 Qassam and smaller M-75 rockets are largely being manufactured in Gaza, rather than smuggled in, as in the past. Rockets being launched from Gaza on May 15As the pace of rockets being launched from Gaza increased, so did the actions of the Israeli government. Israel launched even more air strikes.
Biden EPA to repeal Trump rule meant to increase dangerous emissions, among other gifts to industry
       
As reported by The New York Times:Critics said the regulation distorted the costs of reducing air pollution while diminishing the associated benefits. It is one of several Trump administration policies that have been reversed by Michael S. Regan since he became the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in March. The industry pounced on this figure, claiming that the rule’s costs far outweighed its benefits. So, at the urging of the gas, oil, and coal lobby, the Trump administration issued a rule in April 2020 overturning the Obama mercury restrictions. “This is less about mercury than about potentially constraining or handcuffing future efforts by the E.P.A.
Article: Loving Awareness
       
What followed were decades of international lectures, books and workshops, which offered practices from the great spiritual traditions of the world. As Ram Dass said, "Maharajji didn't just have the map. After Ram Dass returned to the U.S. from India, he dedicated himself to service. Late in his life Ram Dass coined a term that summed up both the journey and the destination: "Loving Awareness." Next Page 1 | 2(Note: You can view every article as one long page if you sign up as an Advocate Member, or higher).
Proud Boys leader: 'F*ck you Trump. You left us on the battlefield bloody and alone'
       
Pat yourself on the back if you sized Donald Trump up in two minutes, like a normal person. You could have instead been Ethan Nordean, who wasted years of his life and squandered his precious freedom for a guy who’d likely feed him to alligators...Okay, get this through your cartilaginous skulls, Trumpers: Donald Trump doesn’t care about you. Do you still check your bank account every 30 minutes to see if the Nigerian prince has deposited your money? Trump lost the 2020 election by 7 million votes, and it doesn’t look like he’s picked up a single voter since then. (Image by Wikipedia (commons.wikimedia.org), Author: Tyler Merbler) Details Source DMCA
Thoughts on Black Lives Matter and All Lives Matter
       
All lives matter. Black lives didn't matter before. So now black lives matter. It's because 'All lives matter' is unifying ... and 'Black lives matter' is divisive. BLM vs Proud Boys vs Antifa vs Boogaloo Bois vs NFAC vs Karens ... keep everybody in a huge brawl!
Did We Learn Anything from the Pandemic?
       
Will we be chastened by the poor response to the pandemic? In fact, getting rid of those last few "rules" will take off those last safeguards, increasing the likelihood of getting the virus. You just go on with your lives, enjoy the return to the old normal, party and celebrate and we will return the world to what it was before the pandemic. Corporations need to use the masses, mass gatherings, mass consumption, mass production. And, in order to keep us buying into that ideology they need mass communication provided by a media, largely controlled by corporations.
Foreign military against population of Poland and the Baltic States
       
The Polish authorities, including NATO, are well aware that the maneuvers are defensive in nature and are not directed against other countries. Undoubtedly, this is one of the ways to distract Polish society from its own real problems caused political and social crisis in Poland. At the same time, the Polish authorities performed a dubious feat, using the Polish Army against peaceful demonstrators. This scenario could for sure be adopted by the Baltic States, as well as by many European countries because such steps have become common for the authorities nowadays. In case of any internal protest or military conflict the only part that will suffer from the presence and the use of military is population.
Palestinians in Israel now face far-right mob violence backed by the state
       
With Jerusalem ablaze and Gaza on the brink of another major Israeli onslaught, it has been easy to overlook the rapidly escalating ethnic violence inside Israel, where one in five of the population is Palestinian. These 1.8 million Palestinians - Israeli citizens in little more than name - have spent the past week venting their frustration and anger at decades of Israeli oppression directed at their own communities inside Israel, as well as at Palestinians under more visible occupation. Already the protests, which have been sweeping Palestinian communities inside Israel, have been greeted with a savage backlash - a combination of official violence from Israeli police and vigilante-style violence from far-right Jewish gangs. Israel's Palestinian citizens have been at the heart of the wave of protests in occupied East Jerusalem that began a month ago, at the start of Ramadan. In each, Palestinian citizens live on the margins of a former Palestinian city that was ethnically cleansed upon Israel's founding in 1948 and has been aggressively "Judaised" ever since.
Contempt for "the Science," Nancy Pelosi Edition
       
Nancy Pelosi signs the article of the second impeachment of Donald Trump 24. (Image by Wikipedia (commons.wikimedia.org), Author: Office of Nancy Pelosi) Details Source DMCAOn April 14, the US Centers for Disease Control issued new guidance for Americans who've grabbed their jabs. Last September, Pelosi issued a press release announcing that "we need science, not politics. Last October, Pelosi insisted in another press release that "it has always been imperative that we follow the science." Last November, Pelosi told NPR's Ari Shapiro that "the [Trump] Administration has refused to follow the science.
Reports from Bethlehem
       
But much earlier in my 2004 book "Sharing the Land of Canaan" (available free here Click Here ) I expressed the certainty that Zionist colonization will end one way or another. I have been politically active for over 40 years now and in those decades have seen and argued with many Zionists. Perhaps I was too optimistic to assume that popular resistance can succeed to end Zionism in a half-decent way. Zionism does not merely aim to control Palestine and ethnically cleanse it (when strong even of its own collaborators). Like previous colonial movements (see US as an example) it is expansionist and aims for empire.
India condemns rocket attacks from Gaza not Israeli airstrikes
       
India has joined western nations in condemning the rocket attacks on Israel from Gaza. India has condemned "all acts of violence" but specifically criticized rocket attacks from Gaza, at an emergency closed-door session of the United Nations Security Council called to discuss the ongoing hostilities in Gaza, Indian newspaper The Wire reported. Tirumurti, in a tweet, stated that India condemned "all acts of violence, especially rocket attacks from Gaza". The most significant facet of Indian-Israeli relations is robust security-defense cooperation, according to Prof Sen. The India-Israel relationship is no longer purely a matter of realpolitik; it is also being strengthened by a shared ideology, Prof. Sen pointed out adding:The consequences of this are significant.
Many trees are blossoming followed by a reflection
       
freshly blooming tree(Image by Rob Kall) Details DMCAMany trees are blossomingAcross the road. On this side of the roadA small predatory animalTypes a short poemAt a little metal tableOutside a bagel cafe'. I wish I did not sanction the violenceThat has passed for civilizationI wish I was more like a horseOr a sparrowOr a blossoming tree. But I do want to stop sanctioning violence (which is everywhere), to be less tolerant of it in all of its forms, less accepting of it. By simply paying my taxes I am sanctioning violence, paying for war!
Gaza and Israel's Kidnapper's Dilemma: Keeping a Million Children Brutalized in its dark Basement
       
Israel's staccato bombardment campaigns against Gaza (2008-9, 2014, 2021) are not a war. The Palestinians in Gaza don't have a conventional army or navy or air force, don't have tanks or aircraft or artillery. Only by demonizing Palestinians and only by assertions of racial superiority can they justify keeping the million children hostage in their dark basement. Israel is stuck in its kidnapper's dilemma in part because the US is an accomplice in the kidnapping and has removed any incentives for better behavior. One of the ironies of being a kidnapper is that the latter becomes responsible for keeping the hostage alive.
Maskless in America: The CDC blinks as Biden declares 'A great day!'
       
What it does do is prevent the spread of disease. That's a pretty good good "control" demonstrating to even the most pig-headed anti-masker that masks do work. According to the CDC, through this past February its labs only received 1585 samples that tested positive for flu. That compares to 183,000 positive samples last year, which was not a particularly flu season. By that same date, only one child in the US had died of flu, compared to 195 by that time last year.
'Running Orders,' a Powerful Poem by Palestinian-American Lena Khalaf Tuffaha on Gaza
       
There’s a poem circulating online, written from the voice of a Palestinian evacuee in Gaza, that is as gut wrenching as it is important. It doesn’t matter thatthere is nowhere to run to. It doesn’t matter that you have children. It doesn’t matter what you had planned. It doesn’t matter who you areProve you’re human.
Battleground Baltimore: From Baltimore to Palestine
       
From Baltimore to Palestine“From Baltimore to Palestine, occupation is a crime,” was one of many chants heard back in 2015 during the Baltimore Uprising—a way of connecting the deep history of racism, segregation, and brutal, boundary-enforcing police in Baltimore to the decades of Israeli occupation in Palestine. A 2016 Department of Justice report on the Baltimore Police Department only made the connections even clearer for those paying attention. That was not granted to Davis and, as Battleground Baltimore covered in the past, Davis contracted COVID-19 in jail earlier this year. Battleground Baltimore has learned that a few councilmembers are seriously considering not overriding Scott’s veto, though none have publicly stated this. Employee in Marilyn Mosby’s office is under investigation, Baltimore BrewTenant Advocates Rally Against Surety Bonds Bill, WYPR
How to lose America: The death of democracy looks nearer than ever
       
Republicans in Congress began their urgent campaign, articulated by Mitch McConnell, to stop any legislation proposed by the White House or Democrats in the House of Representatives. The fact is, the real and growing possibility of living through the destruction of American democracy is not going away. In 2021 Donald Trump inspired a failed coup. The book is called "How to Lose a Country: The Seven Steps from Democracy to Dictatorship." It is time, indeed, for America to realize what is occurring — and that it will affect us all.
The Death of Democracy Looks Nearer Than Ever
       
Most sentient beings on the planet breathed a huge sigh of relief last November when Joe Biden won the presidential election. Republicans in Congress began their urgent campaign, articulated by Mitch McConnell, to stop any legislation proposed by the White House or Democrats in the House of Representatives. The fact is, the real and growing possibility of living through the destruction of American democracy is not going away. In 2021 Donald Trump inspired a failed coup. The book is called How to Lose a Country: The Seven Steps from Democracy to Dictatorship.
Pharma-backed ‘dark money’ group hits House Dems on drug pricing plan • OpenSecrets
       
The association, as well as the pharmaceutical industry at large, vehemently opposes H.R. Dan Conston, the dark money group’s president, urged Democrats to cast aside Pelosi’s plan and instead push for H.R. 19, a Republican alternative to address prescription drug prices introduced in 2019. The pharmaceutical industry has successfully lobbied to keep this rule in place after previous attempts by former president Barack Obama’s and Donald Trump’s administrations to change it. While Biden has expressed support for the bill, he has not committed to including it in his American Family Plan.
Israeli Bombs Destroy Gaza Media Center, Take Out AP, Al Jazeera and Others
       
Israeli bombs destroyed a high-rise building in Gaza City that housed offices of The Associated Press, Al Jazeera and other media outlets on Saturday, the latest step by Israel to silence reporting from Gaza amid its military bombardment. AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt has released the following statement:We are shocked and horrified that the Israeli military would target and destroy the building housing AP’s bureau and other news organizations in Gaza. We are seeking information from the Israeli government and are engaged with the U.S. State Department to try to learn more. A dozen AP journalists and freelancers were inside the building and thankfully we were able to evacuate them in time. Al Jazeera’s Safwat al-Kahlout, reporting from Gaza City, said he had worked at the building for 11 years, and often did live reports from its roof.
My Grandparents Lived Through the Nakba. Now It’s Happening Again.
       
The Nakba is ongoing, intentional ethnic cleansing: What we’re seeing in Gaza and Jerusalem this week is proof of it. The ongoing Nakba is evidenced by the fact that those 750,000 refugees from 1948 have become more than 7 million. Unfortunately, today I don’t have to imagine — I see it happening right now in Sheikh Jarrah. The residents of Sheikh Jarrah are survivors of the original Nakba and their descendants. The fate of the residents of Sheikh Jarrah is as fragile as a bubble balancing on a needlepoint.
COVID Has Catalyzed a Wave of Tenant Organizing That Was Long Overdue
       
The idea is, if a single tenant is up against a single landlord, the landlord holds most of the power. Other states have much more straightforward and tenant-friendly rent relief programs. Another issue that arises with California’s rent relief program is ensuring equitable access, particularly when it comes to information barriers. And with the CDC’s eviction moratorium set to expire soon, the threat of eviction is on the horizon for millions of households. “We’re seeing the start of a tenant movement, something historically new in this country,” Gilmore of TANC told Truthout.
Pharma-Backed Dark Money Group Attacks House Democrats’ Lower Drug Pricing Plan
       
The American Action Network is pouring millions of dollars into a TV, digital advertising and phone campaign attacking House Democrats’ proposal to lower prescription drug costs. The association, as well as the pharmaceutical industry at large, vehemently opposes H.R. Dan Conston, the dark money group’s president, urged Democrats to cast aside Pelosi’s plan and instead push for H.R. 19, a Republican alternative to address prescription drug prices introduced in 2019. The pharmaceutical industry has successfully lobbied to keep this rule in place after previous attempts by former president Barack Obama’s and Donald Trump’s administrations to change it.
Trump Officials Used Secret Terrorism Unit to Question Lawyers at Border
       
The records reveal that Levy and attorney Héctor Ruiz were interrogated by members of CBP’s secretive Tactical Terrorism Response Team. The lawyers were suspected of “providing assistance” to the migrant caravan that was then the focus of significant attention by the administration and right-wing media. Officials speculated in later reports that immigration lawyers were seeking to profit by moving migrants through Mexico, and that “Antifa” may have been involved. The administration of President Joe Biden is continuing to fight several lawsuits filed against the Trump administration over the operation. Levy and Ruiz both got the impression that they were being accused of “coaching” asylum-seekers to lie to border agents.
What Nationals reliever Daniel Hudson can tell us about new reliever Austin Voth
       
He is a fair blueprint for any midcareer starter turned reliever. Hudson’s main change was eliminating his windup to pitch from the stretch full-time, though he’s also thrown his change-up less and less in recent years. Voth, too, has a reshaped arsenal and has a new warm-up routine to go with it. He is using 19.1 percent curves and only 1.3 percent change-ups, while lightly mixing in a cutter (7.4 percent of all pitches). Hudson, very similarly, throws his fastball 74.5 percent of the time, his slider at 22.8 percent and his change-up at 2.7.
Ransomware is a national security threat and a big business — and it’s wreaking havoc
       
Some companies are able to avoid paying, but that generally involves advance preparation. Grant Schneider, senior director for cybersecurity services at Venable, a law firm, recalled one client in the Mid-Atlantic that was able to avoid paying a ransom demand of $250,000 because the company had stored backups of its data in the cloud. “The calculus on whether or not to pay was more one of, ‘How long is it going to take us to get back up and operational?’ “ he said. “Thinking they would be able to get back up sooner rather than later, they chose not to pay.”
Biden orders flags flown at half-staff — then orders them back up, as two events collide
       
It’s because of a quirk that comes up every half dozen years or so, when a day that honors two groups collides — with two different protocols for the American flag. For Peace Officers Memorial Day, which falls on May 15, flags are supposed to be at half-staff. But the third Saturday in May is marked to honor Armed Forces Day — and on that day, flags are supposed to be full-staff.
Video of San Diego officers repeatedly punching Black man during arrest triggers investigation
       
Seconds later, the officer in question is heard saying expletives and telling Evans to stop resisting arrest as his fellow officer tries to gain control of the man’s legs. When officers instructed Evans to put his hands behind his back, they again punched his head and legs and continued to tell him to stop resisting. Takeuchi said in a statement that Evans would not comply despite the repeated commands.
Strap in, Virginia — the 2021 governor’s race is suddenly at full speed
       
At the same time, Democrats — still a month away from their June 8 primary — were doing some adjusting of their own. The Democratic Governors Association, which typically stands by until its party crowns its nominee, launched an online ad tying Youngkin to Trump and the “big lie” that Biden stole the White House. The Democratic Party of Virginia kicked off a “Where Trump Leads, Glenn Follows” rally on Richmond’s Capitol Square, with plans to take it around the state.
American Horticultural Society to pursue talks with NOVA Parks on sale of River Farm
       
Since the AHS put the property on the market last year for $32.9 million, conservationists, historians and members of the community, including Virginia lawmakers at the state, local and federal levels, have hastened to protect River Farm. Despite the AHS’s assurances that the organization hoped to find a new steward for the site, critics feared the property could wind up in the hands of a private owner who might develop the site, damage its historical resources or restrict public access to it.
Clifford Feldman, longtime cameraman and producer for major TV networks, dies of covid-19
       
“We have lots of friends who’ve had impressive careers as neurosurgeons and litigators, and later in life, they’d tell you how bored they were,” Susan said. “He was the person who said, when I get that way, I’m leaving. But he got up every morning wanting to go to work.”
Transgender Woman Hailey Davidson Eyes LPGA After Win at Mini-Tour Golf Event
       
Ray Carlin/Icon SMI/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty ImagesHailey Davidson is hoping her next stop is the LPGA after her mini-tour win at Providence Golf Club last week, although she is awaiting word on her eligiblity. According to Beth Ann Nichols of Golfweek, the transgender woman underwent gender confirmation surgery in January and had been undergoing hormone treatments since 2015. "We are currently reviewing Hailey’s application to participate in LPGA Tour events under the LPGA’s gender policy," LPGA Chief Tour Operations Officer Heather Daly-Donofrio said. Davidson is allowed to compete in USGA championships after the organization told her she met its Gender Policy eligibility criteria. The 28-year-old is now hoping to be the first transgender woman to compete in the LPGA.
2021 NHL Playoffs: B/R Staff 1st-Round Predictions
       
1 of 9Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty ImagesThere was once a time when Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin made the Pittsburgh Penguins one of the most feared teams in the Stanley Cup playoffs. However, Sid and Geno are still two of the best in the world, and they do make the Penguins a formidable postseason opponent. For the New York Islanders, the system is the star. The 402 high-danger scoring chances the Isles allowed were the eighth-fewest in the NHL this season, per Natural Stat Trick. The Penguins are one of the best rush teams in the league, and the Islanders are a staunch defensive team.
MLB Rumors: Albert Pujols Drawing Interest from Cardinals After Angels Release
       
Dilip Vishwanat/MLB via Getty ImagesFree-agent first baseman Albert Pujols is reportedly drawing interest from the St. Louis Cardinals, the club with which he spent the first 11 years of his Hall of Fame career, after being released by the Los Angeles Angels. Pujols has showcased some pop this season, tallying five home runs in 24 games, but his other numbers at the plate have lagged. He sported a .198 batting average and .622 OPS when the Angels designated him for assignment last week. A return to St. Louis would not present Pujols with a full-time spot. Robert Murray of FanSided reported Friday three to four teams have shown interest in the 41-year-old Dominican Republic native.
Peak Kobe Bryant: Ranking the Mamba's Greatest Regular-Season and Playoff Games
       
0 of 6MATT A. BROWN/Associated PressLos Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant will be enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday in one of the institution's most obvious and perhaps most meaningful inductions. Just over a year after the tragic death of Bryant, the fourth-highest scoring player in NBA history will be presented by Michael Jordan and lead a class that includes fellow all-timers Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett. To determine which of Bryant's individual games were his most productive, single-game box plus/minus, game score and good old-fashioned points were all consulted. For the playoff games, added points were given based on the round in which the game was played. If you sort every game in which Kobe played at least 25 minutes by the average of their ranks in all of the above, these are his three most productive regular season and three most productive playoff games.
WFT's Dan Snyder Ordered to Pay Bruce Allen's Full Severance, Court Documents Show
       
AP Photo/Julio Cortez, FileThe NFL reportedly ruled last year that Washington Football Team owner Dan Snyder had to pay former team executive Bruce Allen the full amount of the severance he was due. A court filing read:"After terminating Mr. Allen's position with the Team, Mr. Snyder forced him to initiate legal proceedings to obtain the last of his contractually protected compensation. Specifically, on April 1, 2020, Mr. Snyder attempted to use the coronavirus pandemic as an opportunity to reduce the amount still owed to Mr. Allen. … This forced Mr. Allen to retain legal counsel and initiate a proceeding through the NFL to obtain his compensation, which he did." In March, the NFL approved Snyder's purchase of the remaining 40.5 percent stake in the Washington Football Team from Smith, Schar and Rothman.
Preakness Stakes to run amid Medina Spirit drug controversy
       
The 146th running of the Preakness Stakes, the second installment of horse racing's vaunted Triple Crown, was a go Saturday amid controversy over Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit's failed post-race drug test. "American horse racing continues to be marred by scandal after scandal and the decision to allow Medina Spirit to run in the 146th Preakness Stakes today is no exception," he said. https://t.co/BOcECWsyxh — PETA (@peta) May 15, 2021On Tuesday, Baffert said Medina Spirit was treated for dermatitis with a topical ointment called Otomax, which contains race-banned betamethasone, thus setting off the positive drug test. Kentucky Derby organizers suspended the trainer and said if the test results hold, Medina Spirit will be disqualified and second-place finisher Mandaloun will be declared the new Derby winner. In early action, bettors made Medina Spirit a 9-5 favorite in the 10-horse field.
Protester fires back at suspect shooting outside women's clinic, saves woman's life
       
A protester saved the life of a woman who was shot at as she walked into a San Antonio, Texas, women's clinic on Saturday morning, police said. Officers responded to gunfire outside of women's reproductive health clinic around 8:30 a.m. CT. While no one was injured, authorities discovered several gunshots to the Alamo Women’s Reproductive Services building. Protesters who were standing outside the clinic witnessed the shooting, San Antonio police spokesman Chris Ramos said in a press conference. Police are investigating the shooting as a possible domestic violence incident because the woman and the alleged gunman know each other.
Martin Bashir resigns amid investigation into explosive 1995 Princess Diana interview
       
BBC journalist Martin Bashir has resigned from the network due to health reasons amid an investigation into whether he obtained an explosive 1995 interview with Princess Diana through deceptive means. NBC's "TODAY" show obtained an internal statement sent to BBC staff recently, which announced Bashir's departure from the news organization. "Martin Bashir has stepped down from his position as the BBC’s Religion Editor, and is leaving the Corporation," the statement read. The interview came under renewed scrutiny after the release of a documentary by British broadcaster ITV called "The Diana Interview: Revenge of a Princess." Diana's brother, Charles Spencer, tweeted on Nov. 8 that he knew Bashir "used fake bank statements and other dishonesty to get my sister to do the interview."
Biden calls for end to violence in talks with Netanyahu and Abbas
       
In a statement released Saturday afternoon, Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J), one of the most pro-Israel Democrats on Capitol Hill, condemned Israel’s recent strikes. The Muslim advocacy group said it was “incredibly disappointed and deeply disturbed” by the administration’s response to the violence. “President Biden has the political power and moral authority to stop these injustices. In a Friday statement marking Eid, Biden said: “Palestinians — including in Gaza — and Israelis equally deserve to live in dignity, safety and security. We think most about the children in these societies who face trauma from a conflict far beyond their control.
Opinion | The Hoover Dam Made Life in the West Possible. Or So We Thought.
       
On the horizon, the eerie geologic formations that freaked out early white explorers displayed the latest bathtub rings in the rock. Hoover Dam, like its upstream companion that created Lake Powell, demonstrated American engineering muscle at the peak of its powers. Scientists know about their catastrophe from studying tree rings, a book of nature with chapters on wet and dry years. Timothy Egan (@nytegan) is a contributing Opinion writer who covers the environment, the American West and politics. Follow The New York Times Opinion section on Facebook, Twitter (@NYTopinion) and Instagram.
G.O.P. Pursues Harsher Penalties for Poll Workers in Voting Crackdown
       
That attitude has seeped into new voting laws and bills put forward by Republican-controlled legislatures across the country. In Texas, taking any action that “would make observation not reasonably effective” for a poll watcher would carry new penalties. “The default assumption that county election officials are bad actors is problematic,” said Chris Davis, the county election administrator in Williamson County, Texas, north of Austin. “There’s so many moving parts and things happening at a given polling place, and innocent mistakes, though infrequent, can happen. “Yet we’re seeing that as a baseline, kind of a fundamental principle in some of the bills that are being drafted.
The G.O.P.’s Big Cancellation
       
There are plenty of reasons to believe that despite this effort to rewrite history, voters will not cancel Republicans at the polls in 2022. The party out of power typically picks up seats in a new president’s first midterm elections. And a number of House Democrats are opting against re-election bids, a sign of anxiety about their political prospects. Voters generally don’t respond well to lies that are easily disproved by video footage and their own memories of a national trauma. The question that worries some Republican strategists as they look toward next year’s midterm elections is not whether the country agrees with their fears of cancellation.
Ted Leonsis hopes busy weekend for Capitals, Mystics and Wizards is harbinger of better times
       
“We have such an important game tonight,” Leonsis said Friday, when asked if Brooks had done enough to warrant returning to the Wizards when his five-year contract expires at the end of the season. “We want to win out, we want to win tonight, we want to win on Sunday, and we’ll then get into the play-in, and then we’ll see what happens going into our season. But our focus is to try and continue this upswing, and, you know, we took a step back with the [hamstring] injury to [Bradley Beal]. But everyone in the organization is pleased that we’ve gotten this far, and all the focus is on just getting into that play-in.”
Peter Laviolette, master motivator, is known for his pep talks. Here’s why they work.
       
“You are who you are in life,” Laviolette said. “Everyone has strengths and weaknesses. And so most of what I do, I think about, but it comes from the heart. Nothing is ever scripted, nothing is written down, and I guess the reason why I think it is important is that I believe that most people want to be motivated. Most people want a reason to jump out of their seat.”
Apple’s AirTag offers convenience but poses serious threats — and it’s not alone - The Washington Post
       
Digital technology can enhance our lives without undermining human rights. Before introducing a product to consumers, companies should undertake rigorous due diligence to develop a clear view of its potential harms — and then build the necessary privacy and security protections into a tool’s architecture. Companies should begin by engaging civil society groups and the communities and people most likely to be negatively affected. In the case of AirTags, the Coalition Against Stalkerware and the National Network to End Domestic Violence would be useful organizations to consult. (Apple did not respond to The Post or Fast Company about whether it conferred with experts on intimate-partner violence in the development of AirTags.)
Washington Spirit’s long wait is over with NWSL schedule set to begin on Sunday
       
Speaking about the young players in general, Burke said, “Potential is a great thing, isn’t it? You can talk about potential all day long. This team has incredible potential. Some of these younger players take to it really well. Some struggle a little bit — the demands on their body, the demands mentally, psychologically.”
Opinion : Why personality cults and democracy don’t mix
       
As strange as they might seem, however, cults of personality are a rational mechanism to enforce control. They serve as loyalty tests that sort zealots from dissenters. But they morph into a dangerously authoritarian phenomenon when two criteria are met. First, if party members are required to publicly idolize a single political figure in order to be fully accepted, you have a problem. Second, if party members are punished for refusing to publicly parrot lies on behalf of that figure, things have gotten out of control.
An Israeli warning, an airstrike and then outrage over hit on Gaza media building
       
“There are thousands of hours of videos and photos,” he said. “We were able to get some of it out, not even half of it. We tried our best, but in the end we were afraid for our lives,” he said.
Opinion : The Little Colorado River canyon can survive only if we leave it alone
       
Here the Little Colorado joins the main stem of the great river of the 20th century. Now it is second, watered by the Colorado. Phoenix, a desert crossroads in 1950, is now the fifth largest city, watered by the Colorado. An untamed god when John Wesley Powell explored it in 1869, today the Colorado is so dammed and diverted that it does not even dribble into the sea. It has given its life to sprout the oases, power the factories and neon the fleshpots of the Southwest.
‘The right decision wrongly handled’: Inside the Biden administration’s abrupt reversal on masks
       
“I think the biggest problem here is that this feels like an abrupt 180 to people. In reality, Dr. Walensky and Dr. Fauci have both explained the scientific reasoning underlying this,” said Angela Rasmussen, research scientist and virologist at the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization at the University of Saskatchewan, referring to national infectious-diseases director Anthony S. Fauci. “But I think the fact that it was somewhat of a surprise underscores the need for transparency in formulating guidance and policy. In a pandemic, we are all stakeholders. If the public feels blindsided by these announcements, it suggests to me that they should have more opportunity to understand the basis for these decisions.”
Opinion : Are unemployment benefits keeping people from working? We will soon have an answer.
       
Many Republicans have argued that this payment creates perverse incentives. Their logic was simple: The extra flat benefit plus state-level check meant many low-wage workers could earn as much or nearly as much staying at home than taking a job. The $300 check alone equaled $7.50 an hour for someone working a 40-hour week, more than the federal $7.25 minimum wage. The rest of the payments vary by state and depend on how much people earned before losing their jobs, but even low-wage workers in stingy states could expect to earn at least a significant portion of their pre-unemployment wage in state benefits. If someone can earn $10 to $15 an hour whether they sit at home or go to work, it’s pretty clear what many rational people would choose to do.
Talk of secession always gets U.S. history wrong
       
Americans also feared that a foreign power would exploit these disaffected elements within the fragile Union. They understood that the country had dangerous fault lines within. Indigenous and enslaved people could ally with the British or Spanish empires to overthrow the United States. During the 1780s and 1790s, those empires armed Native peoples to resist the United States and provided safe havens for runaway enslaved people. Indeed foreigners could even exploit jealousies between the states to provoke disunion, as the British nearly did with the New England states during the War of 1812.
Opinion : Instagram for kids? Facebook should tread carefully.
       
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CNN viewers panic after Don Lemon's announcement about his show
       
New York (CNN Business) It's true: "CNN Tonight with Don Lemon" is ending after a seven year run. Beginning Monday at 10 pm ET, the two-hour program will be called "Don Lemon Tonight." "This is the last night that will be 'CNN Tonight With Don Lemon.' So, I appreciate all the years of 'CNN Tonight With Don Lemon,' but changes are coming, and I will fill you in." "I didn't say I was leaving CNN, I just said it was the end of an era for 'CNN Tonight with Don Lemon.'
Israeli military accused of using media to trick Hamas
       
(NBC News did not report that a ground invasion had taken place.) While the army attempted to play down the incident as a misunderstanding, well-placed Israeli military commentators said the media had been used as part of an elaborate ruse to lure Hamas militants into a deadly trap that may have killed dozens of fighters. According to Heller, Israel began scrambling forces along the border in what appeared to be final preparations for an invasion. Khalil Hamra / APThe Israeli moves sent Hamas fighters rushing into defensive positions in an underground network of tunnels known as “the Metro,” according to Heller and other Israeli reports. Two years ago, the Israeli military reportedly faked the injuries of soldiers at the scene of a Hezbollah missile strike, going so far as to evacuate them in bandages to a hospital in a helicopter.
After AOC incident, Cross compares Marjorie Taylor Greene to Glenn Close in 'Fatal Attraction’
       
Marjorie Taylor Greene accosting Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is analyzed by Tiffany Cross. Cross says that in her view, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, ‘really wants to be a star. Like really bad. So bad, she's stalking an actual legislative star, Congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio Cortez, like she's Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction.'
Palestinian poet and writer Mohammed El-Kurd on being forced out of his Sheikh Jarrah home by Israeli forces.
       
Mohammed El-Kurd is back in his Sheikh Jarrah home after being forcibly removed by Israeli forces on Wednesday. He joins Lindsey Reiser on MSNBC Weekends to talk about the on-going Israeli/Palestinian conflict.
Oklahoma governor booted from Tulsa Race Massacre commission
       
TULSA, Okla. — The commission formed to plan observances of the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre announced Friday that it had booted Oklahoma Gov. A statement from the commission did not indicate the reason for the parting, and a spokeswoman said the commission had no further comment. However, commission project manager Phil Armstrong this week had sharply criticized the Republican governor for signing a bill into law that prohibits the teaching of so-called critical race theory in Oklahoma schools. “The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commissioners met Tuesday and agreed through consensus to part ways with Governor Stitt,” the commission's statement said. The commission was formed to organize events for the anniversary of the massacre that occurred May 31 and June 1 in 1921.
Velshi: The right to exist goes both ways
       
Israel has a right to exist and to defend itself. Yet months or weeks later, that same “important” land suddenly becomes home to a brand-new Israeli settlement. As more and more Jewish settlers take over land on which Arabs lived, the Occupied West Bank becomes de facto more Israeli and, in the explicit hopes of the Israeli government, more Jewish. This is a long-standing and deliberate attempt to force Arabs - who have lived in that land sometimes for hundreds of years - out. It is an attempt to dilute their presence, because to have Arabs as full participants is, in the opinion of the Israeli government and courts, diluting Israel.
Your Questions About Vaccines at Work, Answered
       
“If you are not vaccinated, we expect you to answer ‘no’ and to continue to wear a face covering,” the memo said. sets the benchmark for all other guidance, Thursday’s announcement doesn’t mean all companies can go fully unmasked just yet, even if they require employees to be vaccinated. The White House is also reviewing a new emergency standard on Covid workplace protections from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA currently suggests social distancing and masks in the workplace — but a temporary standard would establish requirements. Any new standard now needs to consider Thursday’s guidance.
What Would It Take to Vaccinate the World Against Covid?
       
The problem is that many raw materials and key equipment remain in short supply. The only way around the zero-sum competition for doses is to greatly expand the global supply of vaccines. On that question, divisions remain stark, undermining collective efforts to end the pandemic. In place of the existing arrangement — in which drug companies set up partnerships on their terms, while setting the prices of their vaccines — world leaders could compel or persuade the industry to cooperate with more companies to yield additional doses at rates affordable to poor countries. Those advocating such intervention have focused on two primary approaches: waiving patents to allow many more manufacturers to copy existing vaccines, and requiring the pharmaceutical companies to transfer their technology — that is, help other manufacturers learn to replicate their products.
The Pandemic Has Split in Two
       
20% 40% 60% have one vaccine dose 40 80 120 160 200 new cases per 100,000 More vaccinated More cases Many wealthy cities are making dramatic progress slowing Covid-19. Tel Aviv, one of the most vaccinated cities in the world, counted just two cases on Wednesday. But this year, no factor has determined a nation's path out of the pandemic more than the vaccines it can buy. But the broad outlines are unmistakable: The pandemic is splitting into haves and have-nots. Bangkok is battling its largest outbreak since the pandemic began, recording nearly half of Thailand’s new cases.
It’s not just voting: Legislators have introduced 100 state bills targeting protesting
       
Many of the bills targeting protest, for example, both increase penalties for rioting and adjust the threshold for declaring a riot downward, as is the case with legislation signed into law in Florida. Many increase penalties for acts of vandalism or for obstructing traffic. Others introduce new trespassing rules, including, as a bill proposed in South Carolina would do, making it a felony to camp on state property without authorization. Another common component of these bills reduces penalties for drivers who strike protesters if the driver feels as though his or her life is at risk. (You can see them all on the organization’s website.)
Spy Museum's new robot opens secret world to kids in hospital
       
Patrice, he says, was named after the director of child life services at Johns Hopkins, who has played an important role in the project. The robot is the first that the group has housed at a D.C. venue, but she is not the first of her kind. She has two more-experienced siblings who live in Baltimore. A robot named Kevin is located at the Maryland Science Center and one named RAE, which stands for Remote Aquarium Explorer, is at the National Aquarium.
The astonishing ubiquity of Debbie Allen
       
It takes only a moment for it to become clear, though, that Allen is in bed late on a Friday morning not in the lounging, idling way, but in the way of Edith Wharton, who felt that the physical freedom of pajamas facilitated creative freedom, or Truman Capote, who professed to work from coffee o’clock to martini o’clock lying down — people whose ambitions were so sprawling that the line between their working hours and resting hours blurred into oblivion. Allen, teleconferencing from a rented house in Atlanta, is at the moment taking an hour’s break from editing an episode she directed of “Grey’s Anatomy,” a show she has appeared on since 2011 and executive-produced since 2015. (She pats the laptop next to her as she explains.) But she’s mainly in town to direct Samuel L. Jackson in a new Apple TV adaptation of Walter Mosley’s novel “The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey.”
Mentally ill man repeatedly shocked with Taser by deputies in jail shortly before he died, body-cam video shows
       
Body-cam footage shows the deputies, Fickett and Houle, shouting at Sutherland to get on his stomach so he can be accompanied to a bond hearing at around 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 5. Sutherland, who is not initially visible in the video, is heard yelling and says to the officers that he can’t stand up. Sutherland ignored the requests of officers to come to the door of his cell to be handcuffed, according to video.
Vaccinated? Dr. Gupta explains what you can do without a mask
       
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains what the new CDC guidance on wearing masks really means for vaccinated Americans. Source: CNN
Coca-Cola just axed another soda
       
New York (CNN Business) Coke Energy, we hardly knew you. Coke Energy hit shelves in January 2020, a few months before coronavirus began spreading across the region. "An important component to this strategy is the consistent and constant evaluation of what's performing and what's not," the company. Four varieties were sold across North America, including Coke Energy, Coke Energy Zero Sugar, Coke Energy Cherry and Coke Energy Cherry Zero Sugar. Coke Energy will remain on sale in other parts of the world.
Man undergoes 1st known successful 'COVID-to-COVID' double lung transplant
       
After spending months on a ventilator, 65-year-old Renato Aquino is on his way to recovery after becoming the first known patient with COVID-19 to receive a “COVID-to-COVID double lung transplant” in the United States. In a press release from Northwestern Medicine, Aquino explained, “I was a healthy guy with no underlying health conditions, but my symptoms started with a fever and quickly got worse. “I did all of the arrangements and the next day he proved us wrong, he wanted to live,” his niece explained at a Northwestern Medicine press conference. Following a "COVID-to-COVID" double lung transplant, Aquino is excited to return to his favorite activities. Last summer, a 28-year-old woman became the first COVID-19 patient in the country to receive a life-saving double lung transplant.
Starbucks, Walt Disney World relax mask rules after change in CDC guidance
       
Starbucks said in a statement on its website Friday that facial coverings will be optional for fully vaccinated customers beginning Monday unless local regulations require them by law. David Paul Morris / Bloomberg via Getty Images fileMeanwhile, Walt Disney World said in an update on its website that masks are now optional in “outdoor common areas." In a memo Friday, Walmart said masks will no longer be required for fully vaccinated employees or customers starting Tuesday. Since the change in the CDC's recommendations, major retailers around the country have begun announcing changes to their mask policies. The CDC announced Thursday that people who are fully vaccinated against the virus no longer need to wear masks or physically distance in most circumstances.
Toddler found dead in middle of Texas street
       
A toddler was found dead Saturday morning in the middle of a Texas street, authorities said. The unidentified boy was discovered with multiple wounds about 5:30 a.m. in the 7500 block of Saddleridge Drive, Executive Assistant Chief Albert Martinez told NBC Dallas-Fort Worth. Dallas police are searching for the person who may have killed a young boy in the Mountain Creek area on May 15, 2021. NBC5 DallasHe did not provide details about how the child was killed, but said investigators believe an "edged weapon" was used. We are very angry about what has happened to this small child."
What TikTok Stars Owe ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’
       
In May 2010, well before the TikTok era, a 12-year-old from Oklahoma named Greyson Chance was summoned to “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” A couple of weeks earlier, Greyson had found early viral fame after he posted his middle school talent show performance of Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” on YouTube. When Greyson came on the show, where he sat in a plush chair directly across from the daytime star and discussed his Gaga cover, the YouTube video had a million page views. In the following days, media coverage around the 12-year-old sensation exploded, and his performance ballooned to more than 30 million views. “It’s crazy thinking about 30 million people,” Greyson said when he returned to the show two weeks later. But perhaps one of the most enduring legacies of her show was the host’s role in the early viral video economy: Making an appearance on “Ellen” brought a viral sensation a whole new wave of clicks, fame and cash.
Tom Wilson Is Hockey’s Chief Villain. Or Is He?
       
Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson, according to some of his peers, is a menace. He might have fit in 30 years ago, but his conduct — illegal checks and high hits, at the price of five suspensions in his career — has no place in today’s safety-conscious N.H.L. Tom Wilson, according to others, is a really good dude. He is thoughtful, conscientious, attentive, and great in the Capitals’ locker room. He also had a goal and an assist that night, as he surged toward the most points per game of his career (0.70).
Opinion | Young Americans, How Has George Floyd’s Death Influenced Your Life?
       
Darnella Frazier was just 17 when she recorded a video that shook the world. Her cellphone video, uploaded to Facebook, captured Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd’s neck and upended the Minneapolis Police Department’s official narrative of the encounter, ultimately contributing to a guilty verdict. One year after the death of Mr. Floyd, many young people view race and racism in America with a new urgency. Young Americans were on the front lines when protests erupted after Ms. Frazier’s video went viral, leading marches and initiating challenging conversations. What were your experiences and thoughts on race, racism and the aftermath of George Floyd’s death over the last year?
Opinion | What We Can Learn From Fearless Girls
       
In the long run, a girl with a book is a greater threat to extremism than a drone overhead. A nation is built on culture and shared history, shared reality and community well-being. We pass these down with education.”Since 9/11, we Americans have sought to defeat terrorism and extremism with the military toolbox. After almost 20 years and $2 trillion, the mightiest army in the history of the world couldn’t remake Afghanistan. To support a single U.S. soldier in Helmand Province, contractors paid the Taliban enough in bribes to hire 10 men to fight against that American.
Opinion | Bias Is a Big Problem. But So Is ‘Noise.’
       
The word “bias” commonly appears in conversations about mistaken judgments and unfortunate decisions. But the meaning of the word is broader: A bias is any predictable error that inclines your judgment in a particular direction. Society has devoted a lot of attention to the problem of bias — and rightly so. But when it comes to mistaken judgments and unfortunate decisions, there is another type of error that attracts far less attention: noise. To see the difference between bias and noise, consider your bathroom scale.
After Years of Quiet, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Exploded. Why Now?
       
Then they cut the cables to the loudspeakers that broadcast prayers to the faithful from four medieval minarets. It was the night of April 13, the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. It was also Memorial Day in Israel, which honors those who died fighting for the country. The Israeli president was delivering a speech at the Western Wall, a sacred Jewish site that lies below the mosque, and Israeli officials were concerned that the prayers would drown it out. The incident was confirmed by six mosque officials, three of whom witnessed it; the Israeli police declined to comment.
Violence Shakes Trump’s Boast of ‘New Middle East’
       
Sunni Arab rulers, exasperated by the Palestinian leadership and for years quietly aligning with Israel against Shiite Iran, were moving on. They “took away the veto right for the Palestinians for the region to move forward,” he added. (Trump officials also opposed such an annexation and Mr. Netanyahu might not have followed through regardless.) “The notion that this was ‘peace in our time’ obviously ignored the one existential conflict in the region. It wasn’t between Israel and the Arab states,” Mr. Ross said.
It doesn’t take a tornado to make for a magical storm chase
       
A surprise shower of pea-size hail interrupted my dinner in town. I glanced at radar and hastily rushed back to the hotel with my chase partner to grab my camera. Though it was still raining, we fervently raced to the west side of town. It was still raining, but I knew the timing would be perfect — the setting sun would bathe the backside of storms, including the textured thunderstorm anvil, in a peachy light.
Algebra in 1st grade and other uncoventional ideas
       
In explaining why there are fewer low-income minorities in advanced math classes, Horkan poses a thought experiment. Picture two fifth grade math students. The second has low-income parents less likely to do that. The second gets a C because of failure to turn in homework and other problems associated with distracted parents. The first student gets the teacher’s recommendation for a pre-algebra class in sixth grade.
Roasting, broiling and grilling: Tips and recipes to help you master dry-heat cooking techniques
       
As Harold McGee explains in “On Food and Cooking,” this strategy combines two heating methods. The first is radiation, which is the transfer of heat in “waves of pure energy.” In other words, the food does not need to be in direct contact with the heat source. The other is convection, in which air is the medium that transfers heat to the food. Neither, in the setting of an oven set to bake, is particularly effective at rapid heat transfer, so roasting is rarely the fastest method. McGee gives the example of how much faster a potato can be boiled than roasted, even at a high temperature.
95-year-old might have found the key to longevity: A purposeful life
       
She knew she wanted to do something involving children, although she hadn’t imagined anything more ambitious than tutoring or maybe advocating for kids in juvenile court. Long-divorced, with two devoted stepsons, but never having had kids of her own, she says, “I have always loved children, and have endless patience with them — not as much with adults.”
Top Democrat warns Biden he could miss rare diplomatic opening in Venezuela
       
The lawmaker said he would be willing to make contact with the Maduro government on behalf of the Biden administration in order to broker a dialogue that could lead to free and fair elections in the country. Meeks and Maduro, who both had hardscrabble upbringings and share a love of baseball, have known each other for two decades, dating back to when they founded an informal network of U.S. and Venezuelan lawmakers called the Boston Group.
She was a transgender social media star in Cameroon. Now she faces five years in prison.
       
“It’s been a real shock — we can’t get over it,” said Jean Paul Enama, executive director of Humanity First Cameroon, an advocacy group in the capital, Yaoundé. “In almost 20 years of activism, we’ve seen people get one year. Never the maximum sentence. We now fear that we all may be the next Shakiro.”
Gas still hard to find in parts of Southeast
       
CNN's Natasha Chen reports from Charleston, South Carolina, as gas remains hard to come by in parts of the Southeast US.
Israeli airstrike destroys Gaza building with AP and Al Jazeera offices
       
An Israeli airstrike destroyed a 12-story building in Gaza that housed the offices of the Associated Press, Al Jazeera and other media. Those in the building had been warned to evacuate about an hour before the strike, according to Al Jazeera. The Israeli Airforce said on Twitter that the building housed Hamas military intelligence assets. "Prior to the attack, the Air Force warned the civilians staying in the building and gave them sufficient time to evacuate the building," the IAF added.
Starbucks, Publix and other places loosen mask restrictions for fully vaccinated
       
They join Trader Joe's, Walmart, Sam's Club and Costco, which all announced changes to their policies in recent days changes. Here's what changed over the past 24 hours:PublixBeginning Saturday, fully vaccinated associates and customers will not be required to wear face coverings at its grocery stores. StarbucksThe coffee chain will make facial coverings optional for vaccinated customers starting on Monday, the company announced on its website. "Facial coverings will be optional for vaccinated customers beginning Monday, May 17, unless local regulations require them by law," it said. The exception being that guests "must wear face coverings from the entrances at all attractions, theaters or transportation and throughout those experiences," the company said.
Opinion: The drama in Stacey Abrams' political thriller is unfolding off the page
       
(CNN) Stacey Abrams's life these past few years has been the stuff of high political drama. Given the remarkable drama of her own political rise, it might seem surprising that Abrams has turned to the world of political fiction (How could she possibly need more political drama, this time of her own making?). And yet, her new novel "While Justice Sleeps" -- a complicated political thriller centered on the Supreme Court -- ratchets the drama even higher: readers encounter conspiracy, corruption, assassinations, kidnapping and genocide. Despite these high stakes, as a political thriller, it's not the most compelling read. Abrams has talked about how her first efforts to sell a political thriller went nowhere, due at least in part to how unlikely an author she was.
Thousands take part in pro-Palestinian protests in cities across the world
       
Thousands of people took to the streets of cities across the world Saturday, to show their support for Palestinians, as airstrikes pounded Gaza and rocket attacks hit Israel for a sixth consecutive day. Palestinians across the world mark the "Nakba" or "Catastrophe" each year on May 15 to mark their displacement in the 1948 war around Israel's creation. In France, thousands were in Paris in support of the Palestinians, despite the Ministry of Interior deeming the planned protest illegal Friday over fears of violence. But his stance drew ire from Iran whose Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif canceled a trip to the country to meet his counterpart, the Austrian Foreign Ministry said Saturday. President Joe Biden's envoy Hady Amr, the deputy assistant secretary for Israel and Palestinian affairs, arrived in Israel on Friday.
McKissick whips Wood in South Carolina GOP race
       
“Drew is a cheater,” Wood, without evidence, said to his huge following on Telegram before the vote. Drew won the delegates in an establishment created election. Wood, a high-profile defamation lawyer, had sought to portray McKissick as not doing enough to support Trump after the November elections. McKissick, though, was twice endorsed by Trump after Wood entered the race — the final time on Friday — as Wood tried to cast doubt on the truth of the endorsements. South Carolina holds outsized importance on the primary calendar, as it’s traditionally the first such contest held in the South.
For Joshua Bassett, 'High School Musical' Series Is Joyful Testament To Chosen Family
       
When he arrived on the set of “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” to film the show’s second season last year, Joshua Bassett felt determined to send “laughter, joy and relief” to viewers grappling with pandemic fatigue. For Season 2, “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” has upped the ante both visually and dramatically. The Disney+ series — which puts a mockumentary twist on 2006’s “High School Musical,” which starred Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens — follows a group of young thespians at Utah’s fictional East High School. He’s still a teenage boy who’s figuring this whole high school thing out.”DIsney+ Season 2 of "High School Musical: The Musical: The Reboot" debuts on Disney+ May 14. “That’s family, the people you love and who you really are, who you choose to be every single day.”New episodes of “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” premiere Fridays on Disney +.
Border Patrol fatally shoots man in California after vehicle pursuit
       
The U.S. Border Patrol fatally shot a man in California Friday night following a vehicle pursuit, according to officials. Agents with the federal agency were involved in the pursuit just before 10:30 p.m. PT, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Office said. It ended at an intersection in Campo, California, with an unknown number of agents opening fire after they stopped the vehicle. Gunfire hit an unidentified man, one of three people in the vehicle being pursued, according to sheriff's Lt. Thomas Seiver. This is at least the second time since October that an agent has fatally shot someone in San Diego County.
At the Preakness and Beyond, Horse Racing Needs to Clean Up Its Act - The New York Times
       
Whether Medina Spirit can be justifiably labeled a junkie, given how little choice he or any other horse has over what trainers and vets introduce into their thoroughbred bodies, is moot. There are no conclusive results yet, and the horse passed the first of three tests required to race in the Preakness Stakes. In the long history of horse doping, tests have found substances as varied as frog and cobra venom, Viagra, cocaine, heart medicines and steroids. The new authority is supposed to crack down on all that as of July 1, 2022, though the act still faces legal challenges from horse racing organizations. One way to show good faith would be to get the result from that second sample from Medina Spirit promptly and then to let the chips fall where they should.
The puzzling path of Netflix’s much-delayed ‘The Woman in the Window’
       
“The Woman in the Window” was published in January 2018, to much excitement. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list and was compared to the smash “Gone Girl,” Gillian Flynn’s twisted thriller turned box-office hit. A year later, the New Yorker published a long investigation into its author, book editor Dan Mallory, who wrote under the pen name A.J. The piece reported Mallory fabricated many stories over the years, including lying about having cancer and that his mother died of the disease. After the article published, Mallory admitted that both those stories were untrue, and said he had “severe bipolar II disorder” which resulted in “crushing depressions, delusional thoughts, morbid obsessions and memory problems.”
Graduate transfer Eric Holden gave up a full-time job to chase lacrosse titles at Maryland
       
This season, Holden dealt with various injuries and joined a deep roster, so he’s only played in seven games, but his second goal of the season in the Big Ten tournament final was what Coach John Tillman called “maybe the biggest goal of the game.” The Terrapins fell into a three-goal deficit against Johns Hopkins, and Holden scored with 1:15 to go in the second quarter. After halftime, Maryland pushed ahead on its way to a 12-10 win. Tillman pointed to Holden as an example of someone who has improved as the season has progressed and is peaking at the right time.
Ovechkin’s future hangs over Capitals’ playoff hopes
       
SportsOvechkin’s future hangs over Capitals’ playoff hopesThe only thing separating the end of Alex Ovechkin's 13-year contract with the Washington Capitals and his impending unrestricted free agency this summer is the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs.
Civics legislation snared in national debate over talking about race in education
       
It also included an introductory section, where it talked about the importance of teaching subjects such as the consequences of slavery. As an example, it cited the New York Times’s 1619 Project, a collection of articles and essays arguing that the nation’s true founding year is 1619, the year enslaved Africans were brought to the shores of what would become the United States.
QAnon resembles the games I design. But for believers, there is no winning.
       
Guiding people to arrive at conclusions themselves is a perfect way to get them to accept a new and conflicting ideology as their own. The event was cancelled because the organizers were afraid QAnon believers would show up to “guard” the event. The followers had created a danger out of thin air and “saved” the children from that imaginary danger. Never mind that the organization lost money and could not hold their school fund-raising event. Because the pandemic led the government to restrict our personal freedoms, it’s a hoax created for that purpose.
Opinion : Democrats can’t defeat the pandemic alone. It’s time for Republicans to step up.
       
Among the Republican conference, 95 of the 212 members — 44.8% — have said they are vaccinated. One hundred and twelve Republican offices did not respond to multiple CNN inquiries.
Colonial shutdown shows how America’s electric grid pays price of efficiency
       
Since 2019, Philadelphia has relied more than ever on the Colonial Pipeline, which supplies 45 percent of the East Coast’s fuel. If the pipeline had been shut down for six weeks rather than six days, the consequences would have been devastating. Yet in that hypothetical but by no means impossible disaster, at least Philadelphia, like New York and Baltimore, has access to the sea, and it would be able to receive gasoline from tankers and barges; inland cities such as Atlanta and Charlotte, wouldn’t even have that opportunity.
The purging of Liz Cheney is about much more than the future of the GOP
       
But talking about the removal of Cheney from leadership in the context of a civil war understates the stakes involved. It is far more than a case of internecine warfare, as a Democrat who has been in many partisan battles against GOP candidates said in a private email praising Cheney. “As regards the politics of the moment, Cheney needs affirmation and a megaphone,” wrote the Democrat, who spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to express himself freely. This is so far above partisan nonsense. We must all understand what she is doing and applaud it.”
Opinion : Americans spend hours and hours preparing their taxes. We shouldn’t have to.
       
Some have cited the tax code’s complexity as part of the reason for their opposition to pre-filled tax returns. “The impact of greater taxpayer disengagement from their own personal finances is not an inconsequential consideration as a matter of national economic policy,” Paul Weinstein Jr. of the Progressive Policy Institute, a centrist Democratic think tank, wrote last year. But some arguments against IRS-prepared returns are more of a stretch, such as when former senator Bob Kerrey wrapped himself in the mantle of “financial literacy” to pan the idea. “Calculating how much we owe in taxes is an unpleasant activity, but it is also central to understanding our personal financial situation and planning our financial futures,” he wrote in 2013.
Opinion : Why were Canadian commentators so wrong about the covid-19 crisis?
       
Take Susan Delacourt at the Toronto Star, one of the more respected columnists at Canada’s largest-circulation newspaper. Last June, she proclaimed the “global pandemic is demonstrating every day how much it matters to have Canadian-style health care and a political system that is not American.” In October, she praised the competence of Canada’s leaders, again suggesting that “all Canadians need to do is glance south to see what happens when politicians drop the ball or ignore the medical advice they’re getting.” A column last month, however, painted an image of a far less functional country in which “people are angry, frustrated, incredulous that this pandemic just won’t quit and they need someone to blame.”
Opinion : Black Panthers, Captain America, police chiefs and lawmakers: Who can really change the world?
       
Both stories are about their protagonists’ decisions to continue working with institutions that have treated them badly. In the former, Sam Wilson grapples with the question of whether the government or the public would accept a Black man like him as Captain America. In “Without Remorse,” agents of a sinister government plot to murder ace former Navy SEAL John Kelly’s wife, unborn daughter and squad — part of a plan to spark a new world war, unite America and boost the economy — which forces him to reckon with whether the better country he claims to fight for is even possible.
Women won't achieve gender equality for their kids until they stop doing all the housework
       
But, the real feminist revolution won’t begin until work in the domestic domain is evenly distributed among the sexes. Ongoing household inequities are stymying the very evolution that some women are buying books and eschewing princesses to try to engender in our children. “Women get a lot of satisfaction out of being the one their kids turn to and confide in, " she pointed out. The real feminist revolution won’t begin until work in the domestic domain is evenly distributed among the sexes. It suggests that women should just stop taking on the child and household responsibilities, even if it sinks one's family into filth and triggers feuds.
Opinion: Ellen DeGeneres bounced back from trying times throughout her career. Maybe she can again
       
The allegations last fall of an appallingly toxic atmosphere on Ellen DeGeneres' show certainly disturbed me. Literally, Ellen talked about being as big as Jerry Seinfeld — both his show and his career. What made the lunch more than a routine interview was Ellen's willingness to open up about her career to that point. Throughout the lunch, my impression of Ellen deepened; she was an intelligent, appealing person, with a bit of smart-alecky wit. I'm sure this is not how Ellen expected her career highlight to end — with stories about her show becoming an ugly, hostile workplace.
Fire season concerns grow as drought envelops California
       
The state of emergency across California was expanded this week as exceptional drought grows through the state. Meteorologist Allison Chinchar explains why some are already concerned about this year's fire season. Source: CNN
Thousands take part in pro-Palestinian protests in cities across the world
       
Thousands of people took to the streets of cities across the world Saturday, to show their support for Palestinians, as airstrikes and rocket attacks continued to pound Israel and Gaza for a sixth consecutive day. Palestinians across the world mark the "Nakba" or "Catastrophe" each year on May 15 following their displacement in the 1948 war around Israel's creation. In neighboring Austria Chancellor Sebastian Kurz tweeted that his country stood in solidarity with Israel. But his stance drew ire from Iran whose Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif cancelled a trip to the country to meet his counterpart, the Austrian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday. President Joe Biden's envoy Hady Amr, deputy assistant secretary for Israel and Palestinian affairs, arrived in Israel on Friday.
Colonial Pipeline returns to 'normal operations' following shutdown
       
Colonial Pipeline officials said early Saturday morning they "have returned the system to normal operations" after the company was forced to shut down operations last week following one of the most disruptive cyberattacks in history. Colonial Pipeline began the process of restarting operations on Wednesday. — Colonial Pipeline (@Colpipe) May 15, 2021"Since this incident began, we have been clear that our focus was on the safe and efficient restoration of service to our pipeline system. That is what we have achieved through the commitment and dedication of the many Colonial team members," Colonial Pipeline tweeted on Saturday. Colonial Pipeline paid nearly $5 million to hackers who orchestrated the cyberattack, according to a U.S. official familiar with the matter.
Covid Live Updates: More Than 70 Percent of Older U.S. Adults Are Fully Vaccinated
       
Adults Are Fully Vaccinated The C.D.C. Of the roughly 6,000 seniors in the county, 96.7 percent are fully vaccinated as of Friday, according to the C.D.C. As of Friday, 54.9 percent of the county’s total population had been fully vaccinated, according to the C.D.C. changing its recommendations for those who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19,” Dr. Walensky said in a statement on Friday. scientists had previously found that fully vaccinated health care, frontline and essential workers were 90 percent less likely to contract the coronavirus.
Wrap up dinner with 7 recipes for simple, flavorful packet cooking
       
Packet cooking has a number of things going for it. Enclosing food in parchment or foil packets allows for steaming, a particularly efficient cooking method that is gentle enough for delicate proteins, especially fish. — and lets you infuse the ingredients with a variety of flavors, especially wine and herbs. And, of course, the cleanup, whether you’re popping the packets into the oven or onto the grill, is minimal when everything is self-contained. There’s also the dramatic reveal, when each diner can open their packet and be greeted with a whoosh of aromatic steam.
At Britain’s Wembley Stadium, the venerable FA Cup also a science study for post-pandemic crowds
       
On Monday, pubs and restaurants will open indoors for the first time in months. Indoor and outdoor venues will also be allowed to host events, but with social distancing and caps on capacity. For instance, indoor venues can have up to 1,000 spectators or half capacity, whichever is lower. Large outdoor venues, like big soccer stadiums, will have a cap of 10,000, or a quarter full, whichever is less.
Why men and women feel pain differently
       
The experience of pain and access to its relief is not just affected by biology but many other factors, as well. For centuries in western civilization, women’s pain was defined by a single sentence in Genesis. When Eve succumbed to the charms of the snake and ate the forbidden fruit, God was furious. “To the woman he said, ‘I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children.’ ” The pain that women felt, particularly that during childbirth, was therefore punishment for Eve’s transgression. Some midwives who attempted to provide pain relief during labor were accused of witchcraft and burned at the stake.
What is Brood X? When do cicadas come out in 2021? Answering your buggiest questions.
       
1 foot[What do you want to know about Brood X cicadas? You’re in the middle of cicada-Palooza, which has huge concentrations of Brood X cicadas. Why do Brood X cicadas all come out at once? Brood X cicadas, however, are lovers, not fighters, and those red eyes aren’t fooling anyone. [Alexandra Petri: Are you a Brood X cicada or someone just emerging from pandemic isolation?]
Biden hopes to dig up the nation’s lead water pipes. This city wants his help.
       
The Natural Resources Defense Council estimates that from 2018 to 2020, more than 61 million people were served by water systems with lead levels exceeding the 5 parts per billion threshold that the Food and Drug Administration sets for bottled water. Yet replacing lead pipes has proved to be a costly and difficult endeavor for many of the cash-strapped cities where they are common. Milwaukee’s current rate of replacement would take about 70 years for completion. In Chicago, which has about 380,000 lead lines, the job as recently proposed would take 500 years.
Here's how to buy bitcoin without all the risk of buying bitcoin
       
New York (CNN Business) Bitcoin is up more than 600% over the past 12 months — a stellar ride — yet owning the asset is fraught with risks including wild swings in cryptocurrency prices. But there are several ways for investors to get a piece of the bitcoin boom without investing directly in bitcoin. Others include, the cryptocurrency investing firm run by bitcoin bull Mike Novogratz , a top bitcoin bank calledand bitcoin mining firm. Investors who want exposure to bitcoin can also buy the popular"There are ways to get exposure to bitcoin without owning bitcoin," said Daniel Polotsky, CEO and founder of CoinFlip, a bitcoin ATM that lets users buy cryptocurrencies with cash. To be sure, crypto-related stocks can be volatile despite the dramatic increase in demand for bitcoin over the past year.
Gas station outages and higher prices at the pump may put a dent in road trip plans
       
(CNN) Vaccinated Americans hoping to leave their masks behind and hit the road this weekend may be in for sticker shock at the pump. In several states in the Southeast, panic-buying left thousands of gas stations on empty. In North Carolina, roughly 60% of gas stations were still dry Friday morning, according to the tracking site GasBuddy. About half of the stations in South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia were out of gas. In areas with significant outages, the re-supply of gas will likely take "a few weeks," said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy.
Here's what's getting more expensive
       
New York (CNN Business) Used cars, homes , lumber, gas and chicken: What do they all have in common? Here's what's getting more expensive and why, according to CNN Business' writers. Food in general is also getting more expensive: Prices rose 0.4% in April as both groceries and restaurant prices went up. Used cars and trucksThere was a 10% price increase in used cars and trucks. "That puts wholesale used prices at the highest level they've ever been," said David Paris of JD Power.
These big business are rolling back mask requirements
       
Retailers including Costco, Publix and Starbucks are set to roll back mask requirements in light of the CDC's recent announcement recommending vaccinated individuals do not need to wear masks in most scenarios. CNN's Polo Sandoval
When is Preakness Stakes 2021: Date, time, schedule, live stream, TV
       
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POLITICO Playbook: How the White House found out about the new mask guidance
       
POLITICO Playbook: How the White House found out about the new mask guidance Presented byPresident Joe Biden was informed on Thursday morning that the CDC announcement was coming — just hours ahead of time — according to a senior White House source. And it turns out the White House barely got any notice. On Wednesday evening, a small huddle of senior White House aides were told about the CDC’s decision. For a White House that prides itself on its discipline in sticking to a schedule and message, the speed of the turnaround was head-spinning. | Nathan Howard/Getty ImagesTHE WHITE HOUSETANDEN JOINS WHITE HOUSE — “Neera Tanden lands in the White House, after all,” by Natasha Korecki: “A contentious nomination process kept NEERA TANDEN out of President Joe Biden’s Cabinet, but she still landed in the White House.
Israeli airstrike in Gaza hits high-rise building housing media outlets
       
An Israeli airstrike in Gaza City struck a high-rise building that housed media organizations such as The Associated Press, BBC News and Al Jazeera shortly after the military ordered the building to evacuate. NBC’s Richard Engel reports.
HHS grabs $2B from emergency stockpile, Covid testing to manage border emergency
       
In addition to transferring money from the Strategic National Stockpile and Covid-19 testing, HHS also has pulled roughly $436 million from a range of existing health initiatives across the department. Mullin specifically cited the record numbers of migrant children arriving at the border. Beyond taking funding from the stockpile and Covid testing, Weber could not immediately say what other areas within HHS have been affected. The pandemic further handicapped HHS, halving its number of available beds due to the need to follow Covid-19 precautions. More than half the migrant children in HHS custody are now housed in emergency shelters, Weber confirmed.
Journalists Reflect on Covering Stories About Their Communities
       
“Checking in” would later become an expected newsroom practice, but at the time, the well-being of my Black colleagues and me seemed like an afterthought. The categories that should have felt most relevant to me were “Asian,” “White” and “Other,” yet none of them seemed quite right. Over the last year and through covering these issues more deeply, I’ve leaned in to claiming—and celebrating—my polyphonic identities. Eager to grow, I devoured books and articles on leadership, usually by white women who preached about ambition, seizing opportunities, negotiating salaries and talking in meetings. I put on that brave, resilient front that so many BIPOC journalists have perfected to make others feel comfortable while their communities are under attack.
Iran’s foreign minister cancels Austria visit over Israeli flag display
       
VIENNA — Iran’s foreign minister canceled his visit to Austria at the last minute after the Austrian government flew Israeli flags on the roofs of the chancellery and foreign ministry on Friday. The Israeli flag display was met with anger from Iranian officials. The foreign ministry spokeswoman said that Schallenberg spoke to Zarif Friday evening and expressed regret over the canceled visit. An Iranian foreign ministry spokesman told the semi-official news agency ISNA: “Mr. “The hoisting of the Israeli flag on the roof of the chancellery is inappropriate.
Student reporter who interviewed Obama at White House dies at 23
       
Weaver then asked Obama to be his “homeboy,” saying then-Vice President Joe Biden had already accepted. “Absolutely,” a smiling Obama said, shaking the boy’s hand. He used that meeting to later interview Oprah Winfrey and athletes like Dwyane Wade. He never said no to anybody.”Weaver got his start in fifth grade when he volunteered for the school newscast at K.E. “And right away, I just saw the potential for the way he was on camera.
‘Are cicadas Republican or Democrat?' Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush had an answer.
       
As an entomologist, I confess to being slightly baffled by the use of insect imagery to promote a political candidate. If I’m for Kerry, does that mean I’m against cicadas? Are cicadas Republican or Democrat? As far as metaphorical metamorphic transformations go, I don’t exactly get it, either — cicada nymph to cicada adult is hardly the most dramatic to come to mind. Were I picking campaign metaphors, I might have gone with just about any holometabolous species over the periodical cicada — say, grub to beetle, or maggot to fly; there’s lots more metaphorical power there.
Barcelona and Chelsea bring global firepower to the Women’s Champions League final
       
“It’s really nice to see because we deserve it,” said Martens, Barcelona’s Dutch forward. “We are always on the pitch, working our a-- off. We do a lot. And we deserve the platform. It’s nice to be part of it, and in the future, it’s going to get better and better.”
Asian American Pacific Islander creators on the power of storytelling.
       
Stick to who you are, and make sure your agency is understanding of who you are. My big thing is to be vocal with them. A lot of people are afraid to talk openly with their team. I have had to have conversations with my own team about things about being Hawaiian. And that’s how you want your team to be.
There’s a score to quantify childhood trauma. Some health experts want you to know yours.
       
“I don’t share my number for two reasons,” she said. “It’s up to each person how much they want to share, but the other thing is that no four is the same as another four. No two is the same as another two. How it lands for me or you or another person, even if we all have the same number, might be different. You get to determine how your story turns out.”
The new mask guidance relies on an honor system. Do we trust each other enough to make it work?
       
A four-time cancer survivor, Lisa Lindstrom said she’s unsure whether her vaccinations will protect her as well as they would for people without any health conditions. She expects there to be significant overlap between people refusing vaccination and those declining to wear masks, so she’s waiting for guidance from her oncologist before deciding how much she feels comfortable being inside with others. Lindstrom is spending most of her time at her Seattle home until then — cooking, baking and taking online courses to become a yoga teacher.
How much is IVF? Surrogacy? Adoption? How families afford parenthood
       
IVF is 'very expensive'In Denver, Abby and Sean Mercado are the parents of twins Max and Annie, who were born via IVF. "It's very expensive, but you know, it's definitely what we wanted," Sean Mercado said. Abby and Sean Mercado with their twins, Max and Annie. "Hopefully in the future people will not have to sacrifice so much to become parents," Zeitouni said. As Sean Mercado put it, "I feel like everyone should have the choice to start a family."
Disney World changes mask requirements for guests
       
New York (CNN Business) In a major moment for Disney parks, and the theme park industry overall, Walt Disney World changed its mask rules for guests following new guidance from the CDC. The resort located in Orlando, Florida announced Friday that masks and face coverings for guests will be "optional in outdoor common areas" at Disney World starting on Saturday. The exception being that guests "must wear face coverings from the entrances at all attractions, theaters or transportation and throughout those experiences," the company said. The adjusted safety requirements could have huge ramifications for Disney's attendance numbers and the theme park industry as a whole since Disney parks are an industry leader. And as goes Disney, so usually go other amusement parks.
Looking Back On 20 Years At War In Afghanistan
       
We learned how to keep a war going for 20 years without aggravating the average voter enough to do something about it. Just because the war is over doesn’t mean that any sort of Afghanistan vet is over the war. When I was in Afghanistan in 2010, they didn’t send [the loan letter] to Afghanistan. They found Osama bin Laden while I was in Afghanistan, and he was not in Afghanistan, he was in Pakistan. There’s no amount of Special Forces raids that’s going to protect women’s rights in Afghanistan.
Newsom's looming threat: Summer blackouts
       
Gavin Newsom is on track to beat the recall this fall — if he can just get through the summer. The state's grid operator is already warning of the possibility of rolling blackouts in August and September, not long before voters will decide his fate in a Republican-driven recall election. A hot summer with low hydropower supplies could send them scrambling for more electricity to stave off the worst-case scenario. State agencies have already taken steps to avoid blackouts this summer by keeping natural gas plants online, increasing energy storage and boosting conservation. The state has added enough new capacity since last summer to power up to 3.2 million homes.
Iran's hard-line judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi registers to run for presidency
       
A hard-line cleric in charge of Iran's judiciary, who also took part in a panel involved in the mass execution of thousands of prisoners in 1988, registered Saturday to run for the country's presidency. Ebrahim Raisi has also been named as a possible successor to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, 82, leading some to suggest he wouldn't run in the presidential race. In a statement just before his registration, Raisi promised to fight "poverty and corruption, humiliation and discrimination" if he becomes president. In 2016, Khamenei also appointed Raisi to run the Imam Reza charity foundation, which manages a vast conglomerate of businesses and endowments in Iran. Iran's former hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also registered Wednesday.
Kid Reporter Damon Weaver Who Interviewed Obama Is Dead At 23
       
The student reporter who managed to score a sit-down interview at the age of 11 with then-President Barack Obama in 2009 has died at 23, his family announced. Damon Weaver won America’s heart when the young journalist fired off several questions for Obama during his 10-minute interview in the White House Diplomatic Room. Weaver asked Obama if he got “bullied a lot.” Obama said he just tries to good job and that “keeps me going.”Weaver also asked if Obama would be willing to play Miami Heat hoops star Dwayne Wade one-on-one. On an earlier trip to Washington, D.C., Weaver also interviewed Oprah Winfrey, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Tucker and LL Cool J. “I got to interview a lot of famous people, and also I got to be on the red carpet,” he said.
Israeli Airstrike On Gaza Destroys Building With Associated Press, Al Jazeera Bureaus
       
BREAKING — Israel strike destroys a building that housed AP and Al Jazeera news bureaus in Gaza. There were also widespread Palestinian protests Friday in the occupied West Bank, where Israeli forces shot and killed 11 people. The strike on the building housing media offices came in the afternoon, after the building’s owner received a call from the Israeli military warning that it would be hit. Go and confront the strong people!”The Israeli military did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Hamas has fired some 2,000 rockets toward Israel since Monday, according to the Israeli military.
Israel strike in Gaza destroys building with AP, other media offices
       
Since Monday night, Hamas has fired hundreds of rockets into Israel, which has pounded the Gaza Strip with strikes. The strike on the building housing media offices came in the afternoon, after the building's owner received a call from the Israeli military warning that it would be hit. Go and confront the strong people!”The Israeli military did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Hamas fired rockets toward Jerusalem late Monday, in an apparent attempt to present itself as the champion of the protesters. Hamas has fired some 2,000 rockets toward Israel since Monday, according to the Israeli military.
Taiwan raises coronavirus alert level as residents stockpile toilet paper and food
       
The latest outbreak is a setback for Taiwan, which has for the last year been held up as a model for dealing with the outbreak. It has never had to impose lockdowns, with residents carrying on as usual in sharp contrast with much of the rest of the world. As of Saturday, Taiwan had reported 1,475 cases among its population of about 24 million people, with 12 deaths.
High gas prices and shortages hit trucking industry, as nation critically needs gasoline and goods transported
       
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics paints a picture of a highly competitive market for local, short-haul truck drivers. The industry completely recovered jobs lost in the recession at the end of 2020, and since November, wages are up 4.6 percent, indicating employers are locked in intense competition for scarce workers. Those figures go through March, the most recent month for which data is available at this level of detail. The market doesn’t yet appear as tight in other parts of the trucking industry, but there are signs it may be heating up.
Marjorie Taylor Greene vs. AOC shows the shallowness of Republican gender politics
       
She’s also willing to say what many conservative men are beginning to learn they definitely should not, which makes her the embodiment of weaponized conservative femininity: She hates liberal women and makes it okay for you to hate them, too. She preaches retrograde beliefs and uses her status as a woman to abracadabra these beliefs into something parroting feminism. She allows the Ted Yohos of the world to outsource their fury at the likes of Ocasio-Cortez — to nod at Greene deferentially, as if to say: I’m with her.
Democrats anger over Capitol riots looms over new fights
       
If we’re going to hold somebody responsible for every vote that they’ve made, none of us are going to be able to work together,” Rep. Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (R-Ga.) said. “This is an important issue, it’s a bipartisan issue. [Dean’s] stand is completely wrong. She wanted me to apologize. It will be a cold day in hell before I apologize to her for my vote on January 6th.”
Stolen election myth rattles key GOP race
       
Wood has reached well beyond Trump’s disproved claims that the election was stolen from the former president. | Ben Margot/AP PhotoAnd like Trump, Wood is already accusing McKissick of election fraud — without any evidence — even before the first ballots are cast Saturday. “This has just made the internal cancer worse,” said Joel Sawyer, former executive director of the South Carolina GOP. “The GOP races, and especially the chair races, in South Carolina have always been circuses,” said Luke Byars, a former party executive director. “You don’t just show up in South Carolina, buy a plantation and become Republican chairman,” Dawson said.
Democrats embrace a tougher tack toward Israel as violence flares
       
Israeli attacks in Gaza, seen as retaliation for the strikes toward Israel's own territory, have killed more than 100 Palestinians this week alone. “We’re in this moment today because Hamas made a horrible mistake and fired rockets unprovoked into Israel. “We must recognize that Palestinian rights matter. Sanders’ view has grown more prominent among Democrats in recent years, especially after droves of progressives were elected to Congress in 2018. Republicans, meanwhile, are knocking Biden for his efforts to reenter the nuclear agreement, pointing to Tehran’s support for the terrorist groups that are attacking Israel.
Congress eyes hack reporting law after pipeline disruption
       
It also leaves federal authorities without crucial information that could help protect other companies from similar attacks. “That just weakens our overall cyber posture across our entire country.” Wales said the solution was for Congress to require companies to report cyber incidents. Instead, suggested guidance from the Transportation Security Administration — the federal agency that oversees pipeline cybersecurity — recommends that they tell local and federal officials about significant breaches. Congress passed a modest law in 2015 that encouraged voluntary reporting in exchange for limited immunity. Congress is running out of time to prepare the nation for a truly catastrophic cyberattack, according to Wales.
Inside the $40-billion-a-year tax 'loophole' Biden's plan would eliminate
       
It’s known as the stepped-up basis rule, or, as President Joe Biden called it this month, the “trust fund loophole,” and Biden’s American Families Plan aims to put an end to it for many people who inherit big estates. Estates of more than $11.7 million do not benefit from the stepped-up basis and are subject to the estate tax, which taxes about 40 percent of an estate’s worth. The stepped-up basis provision is a benefit for heirs of estates smaller than $11.7 million. But under the stepped-up basis provision, the increase in value is not taxed upon the death of the original owner. By government estimates, the stepped-up basis provision left more than $40 billion of potential tax dollars in the pockets of wealthy heirs in 2020 alone, a figure that has steadily climbed since 2017.
Arizona audit divides wobbling state GOP
       
He said the county’s previous audit and recounts of ballots already determined there were no issues in the election. “I believe that this is only appealing to a certain segment of the Republican Party,” Gates said. Kelli Ward, the Arizona GOP chair, said in an emailed statement the audit was being conducted because of the voters in the state who contacted the state Senate expressing concerns about the election. State Senate President Karen Fann this week sent a letter to Maricopa County’s board of supervisors raising “serious issues” stemming from the audit and requesting a public meeting next week. And national Republicans have not highlighted the audit or 2020 fights in the state, but have instead focused on criticizing Kelly on border issues.
The New York Times News Quiz, May 14, 2021
       
The New York Times News Quiz, May 14, 2021Did you follow the news this week? Take our quiz to see how well you stack up with other Times readers. We’ll be back next Friday with a new weekly quiz.
New York Is Dead. Long Live New York.
       
“It’s a ghost town,” former President Donald J. Trump said of New York City last fall during a presidential debate. “It’s dying, everyone’s leaving New York.”He was not the only one who saw all the closed storefronts and empty offices, and wrote it off. “It’s completely dead,” said the self-help author and provocateur James Altucher in a blog essay called “New York Is Dead Forever … Here’s Why” that was endlessly dissected, and mocked, last summer. “And it’s a death spiral.”The notion that New York and other big cities were becoming obsolete was trending everywhere. The basic argument was that there is little need to put up with crazy rents, overpriced restaurants and packed subways in the era of digital nomads.
Losers, Lovers, Strivers: The 60-Second Novelist Is Ready to Listen
       
After 10 minutes, I took my mask off, because it was muffling my voice as I tried to catch people’s attention. “Writing people’s stories,” I said. It started in Chicago, when I had the crazy idea to try writing instant stories for passers-by on Michigan Avenue. I started doing it most weekend afternoons and evenings through the summer of 1983, keeping a carbon copy of every story. The following spring I quit my job, packed my things and became a full-time performance writer on the sidewalks of New York.
‘No Smile, No Trash Talk’: Behind Tim Duncan’s Quiet Excellence
       
Elliott: The first time I met Tim, he came over to the house. Tim, he came in and he’s like, “Oh, what’s this?”I said, “Oh, yeah, come on over here,” thinking I was going to give him a whooping. Tim Duncan and David Robinson blended harmoniously, guiding the Spurs to the franchise’s first two titles in 1999 and 2003. “Tim, he’s a humble guy,” Robinson told TNT’s Ernie Johnson. “I always thought I was kind of quiet, and Tim made me feel like I was loud.”
How Do You Feel About the New Mask Guidelines?
       
Federal health officials said on Thursday that people who were at least two weeks past their final dose of a coronavirus vaccine could safely go most places, both indoors and outdoors, without a mask. Governors and mayors across much of the country have since announced plans to relax or end their mask mandates. The changing and differing guidelines across state lines have led to some people feeling confused or unsure what advice to follow. The New York Times would like to hear from people in the United States about their mask-wearing habits and how those have or haven’t changed since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced its new guidelines.
Live Updates: Israeli and Palestinian Officials Hint at Cease-Fire as Violence Spreads
       
Live Live Updates: Israeli and Palestinian Officials Hint at Cease-Fire as Violence Spreads As deadly clashes expanded, Hamas and Israeli officials signaled that they were open to discussing a cease-fire amid global calls for peace. Israeli and Palestinian officials say they’re open to talks, even as the violence spreads. Credit... Hazem Bader/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images At least 12 people were killed overnight in Gaza, Palestinian medics said on Saturday morning. Israeli security officials said they would be open to cease-fire talks, according to the Israeli news media. On the Israeli side, seven civilians, including Ido, and one soldier had been killed, Israeli officials said.
Tensions Among Democrats Grow Over Israel as the Left Defends Palestinians
       
The shifting views on Israel and the Palestinians have not gone unnoticed by Jewish Democrats. In his suburban Philadelphia congregation, Rabbi Shai Cherry worries that support for Israel has become even more divisive. And now, Mr. Biden finds his administration buffeted by conflicting forces within his coalition. “Neglect is not a policy,” said Jeremy Ben-Ami, the president of the pro-Israel, pro-peace advocacy group J Street, who would like to see Mr. Biden more engaged in the region. As the fighting has exploded, Mr. Biden has relied on a familiar playbook: full-throated support for Israel’s right to defend itself, and no mention of the Palestinians.
How a Genetic Trait in Black People Can Give the Police Cover
       
Records show they chased him into an apartment complex, shocked him with a stun gun and beat him with a baton. The coroner cataloged a slew of injuries, including abrasions, lacerations and broken teeth, but said the manner and cause of his death were “undetermined,” citing “probable” sickle cell trait. The medical examiner ruled that he had died a natural death caused by sickle cell crisis, and a grand jury declined to bring charges. After he died at a hospital, the medical examiner said that the manner of his death was undetermined — and that it was caused in part by sickle cell trait. Medical experts say sickle cell trait has caused deaths in rare cases of extreme overexertion, especially among military trainees and college athletes.
Wild Horses Adopted Under a Federal Program Are Going to Slaughter
       
Ms. Ray cajoled a young couple who give riding lessons on their nearby farm, Cody and Shawnee Barham, to drive to the auction and do the bidding. When they got the title papers, the names of the adopters who sold the horses had been blacked out with marker. But holding the papers up to a light revealed the names and addresses of the Kidd family. The Barhams brought the mustangs to their farm, opened the trailer doors and let them run. “Our goal is to get them to the point where you can just love up on ’em,” he said.
The Weekender
       
Seeing the Real Faces of Silicon ValleyFor those who have not been fortunate enough to make billionaire lists, Silicon Valley has become increasingly inhospitable, testing their resilience and resolve.
Hugs are coming back. Not everyone is thrilled.
       
“I was going on a tear about, like, how hugs are such a physical violation of your entire body, and how to just bowl someone over is completely, like, the worst kind of rude. We toned it down so much,” Post says with a laugh. Going forward, Post says, she’ll be advising against hugs when meeting someone new, and encouraging the hug-wary to firmly but politely decline any hug (“I’m just not ready for hugs yet,” “You know, I’m not that wild about hugs”) before moving on quickly to express enthusiasm about encountering the person who’s initiated it (” … but I’m so glad to see you!”).
723 Epidemiologists on When and How the U.S. Can Fully Return to Normal
       
“It feels like there is a light at the end of the tunnel,” said Gretchen Bandoli, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego. Already, Americans are beginning to be able to do things they had been advised to avoid for the last 14 months. The Biden administration said Thursday that fully vaccinated people no longer needed to wear masks in most places. In the survey, about 85 percent of respondents said it was likely that Americans would be able to safely gather for Fourth of July barbecues this summer, as President Biden has called for. A slightly higher share said it was likely that schools would be able to be fully open in the fall, and that families would be able to safely gather indoors for the winter holidays.
Afghan scrap dealers lament U.S. policy of trashing military hardware
       
As U.S. troops pack up to leave Afghanistan after nearly 20 years of war, the military is trashing tons of equipment and selling it as scrap to local dealers.
Joe Biden Cancels Donald Trump's Planned 'National Garden of American Heroes'
       
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday put the kibosh on his predecessor’s planned “National Garden of American Heroes” and revoked former President Donald Trump’s executive orders aimed at social media companies’ moderation policies and branding American foreign aid. In an executive order of his own, Biden abolished the Trump-formed task force to create the new monument, which the former president proposed last year. Biden’s order also revoked Trump’s May 2020 order calling for the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission to investigate social media companies for labeling or removing posts or entire accounts in what Trump claimed was a restriction on free speech. That order came before Trump himself was removed from platforms like Twitter and Facebook after the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol. “My Administration is committed to expanding access to quality, affordable healthcare,” Biden said in revoking that proclamation.
Russia’s move to label Czech Republic, US as ‘unfriendly’ states draws EU criticism
       
The Czech foreign affairs ministry also denounced the Russian move | Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty ImagesMoscow has formally designated the Czech Republic and the United States as “unfriendly states” and restricted the number of staff employed by their embassies, prompting criticism from Brussels. The Russian government on Friday released a list of “unfriendly states” said to have carried out “unfriendly actions” against Russia, Russian citizens or Russian entities, according to state news agency TASS. The U.S. will now be banned from hiring local staff for its embassy, while the Czech embassy is allowed to employ only 19. Tensions between Russia and the U.S. have also grown after Washington imposed fresh sanctions last month. A spokesperson for the Russian government told state news agency TASS that Moscow remained “read[y] for dialogue.”
UK to stop detaining people without work visas in removal centers during pandemic
       
The European Commission had expressed concern over the conditions and length of detention | Charles McQuillan/Getty ImagesLONDON — The U.K.’s Home Office has ordered border officials to stop transferring people detained without work visas to immigration removal centers while travel remains disrupted during the pandemic. EU diplomats feared the number of EU nationals in immigration removal centers could spike as international travel resumes this summer. It is expected to raise the recent detentions of EU nationals at U.K. airports on immigration grounds with the British government at an upcoming meeting, MEPs said Friday. Luke Piper, head of policy at the3million group, which campaigns for the rights of EU citizens in Britain, said the Home Office had numerous mechanisms at its disposal to avoid locking EU nationals in these centers. “These EU citizens should have never been detained.
Sports betting skyrocketed in pandemic. Experts warn of a 'ticking time bomb'
       
He had been throwing away money on sports betting for years, but the Covid-19 pandemic brought it to a new level. “It’s this ticking time bomb,” said Keith Whyte, executive director of the National Council on Problem Gambling. The companies offer features designed to stem problem gambling, allowing players to set deposit and spending limits and to restrict themselves from placing bets for certain lengths of time. She also noted that his account had been twice suspended after he made comments indicating that he had a gambling problem. Mike Wood / Reuters fileA former lawyer, his gambling addiction drove him to the brink of suicide in 2015.
Don Lemon Teases 'End Of An Era' At CNN But It's 'Not What You Think'
       
Don Lemon teased changes to his role at CNN and promptly sent Twitter users into overdrive. “I appreciate all the years of ‘CNN Tonight with Don Lemon’ but changes are coming and I will fill you in,” Lemon concluded his prime-time show on Friday. I didn’t say I was leaving CNN,” the anchor said in the clip. “I just said it was the end of an era for ‘CNN Tonight with Don Lemon.’ I’m not leaving CNN,” Lemon explained. pic.twitter.com/oOwDferY2i — Don Lemon (@donlemon) May 15, 2021
At least 12 dead as tornadoes rip through two Chinese provinces
       
Eight people were reported dead in Wuhan, in Hubei province, with 280 injured after Friday's tornado ripped through the district of Caidian at 8:39 p.m. local time, the agency said. The tornado toppled 27 houses and damaged 130 more, as well as two tower cranes and row upon row of sheds at construction sites, it added. "I've grown up in Wuhan and I've never seen anything like it," one resident of the city posted on China's Weibo app. Another tornado struck the town of Shengze, in the Suzhou area of tornado-prone Jiangsu province, killing four people and injuring 149, Xinhua said. China's commercial hub of Shanghai, around 62 miles from Suzhou, was also hit by powerful thunderstorms, prompting weather officials to declare an alert.
Biden's tax hikes are in flux as Democrats grapple with competing pressures
       
He’s emphasizing the high popularity of his tax hikes on corporations and people earning above $400,000 in polls, a bid to garner support in Congress. Dan Rubin, a former senior adviser to the House Ways and Means chair, Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., said Democrats have a long way to go. Members talk big until they actually have to go vote,” he said, adding that House Democrats have, in recent years, had a tendency to demand pay-fors. Although most Democrats aren't rushing to endorse or oppose Biden's tax proposals, some policy disagreements have emerged. Not all Democrats are on board with Biden’s call to raise the corporate tax rate from 21 percent to 28 percent, which would be a major source of revenue.
The Covid-19 vaccine and PrEP both require talking about our health without shame
       
I remember talking to queer men older than me at the time about the new pill. I remember talking to queer men older than me at the time about the new pill. Like the viruses and thevaccine, there’s no way to tell by looking at someone if they’re taking PrEP. We have to learn how to talk about our health status, clearly and without shame. If we don’t, similar to HIV/AIDS, we will be talking about finally eradicating Covid-19 for decades.
Cancer patients often charged exorbitant fees for parking
       
So, when hospitals charge patients double-digit parking fees, patients often leave the garage demoralized. They found that, while 20 of the hospitals provided free parking for all cancer patients, the other 43 had widely varying fees. A spokesperson for the hospital said some locations do offer free parking, and all patients can apply for aid to cover parking costs. They acknowledge that most top cancer hospitals are in urban centers, where parking costs are often high and third-party agencies may operate the garages. “Charging cancer patients for parking is like a knife in the back,” he said.
'A sea change': Subsidies and White House push leads to surge in Obamacare sign-ups
       
But even working full time, she couldn't afford the $300 premium for her employer's health insurance plan — so she went without. “It’s like a light at the end of the tunnel,” said Hagen, who hasn’t had health insurance in 12 years. That number has practically flipped with 54 percent now favorable of the health care law and 39 percent unfavorable. Overcoming skepticismMany said they were shocked by how much they were saving after they re-enrolled in their Obamacare plan. There is also a feeling of whiplash on health care for some — especially between the Republican and Democratic administrations.
Taiwan hits a daily case record, and other news from around the world.
       
Taiwan, which has had remarkable success in containing the coronavirus, raised restrictions for its main city to their highest level since the start of the pandemic on Saturday, after reporting a daily record of 180 new locally transmitted infections. Taiwan’s current outbreak — its worst yet by far — began in late April with a cluster in airline workers. Saturday’s caseload represented more than half of the 344 locally transmitted cases that the self-governing island has recorded during the entire pandemic. The Taiwanese premier, Su Tseng-chang, and other officials told reporters on Saturday that masks and other medical supplies to fight the outbreak were plentiful. Even so, the announcements sent a shiver of anxiety through Taipei, and some residents filed into supermarkets to stock up on food, toilet paper and other essentials.
D.C.-area forecast: A splendid Saturday ahead of a somewhat unsettled Sunday
       
More clouds into Monday. There’s a continued chance of rain, as well, although details are still very much to be determined. For now it seems like the heaviest activity wants to set up in central Virginia, with lighter stuff around here, mainly in the second half of the day. It wouldn’t take much of a shift to get a different evolution locally. Highs are near 70 or a bit above.
What to watch in Capitals-Bruins, including Ovechkin's health, Zdeno Chara and Washington's goalies
       
“[He’s] a little bit father figure-ish,” John Carlson said. “But I just think he’s one of the most caring people I’ve ever met, too. He likes to check in with everybody. It’s just in his nature to be that way, I would say. It is a great asset to have, and everyone respects him, and certainly he treats them with so much respect as well.”
How conflict, blockades and history have shaped the geography of Gaza
       
Ashkelon Sderot Beit Lahiya Gaza City Center Israeli airstrikes destroyed a residential building and two towers that housed media offices. Ashkelon Sderot Beit Lahiya Gaza City Center Israeli airstrikes destroyed a residential building and two towers that housed media offices. Gaza City Center Israeli airstrikes destroyed a residential building and two towers that housed media offices. Gaza City Center Israeli airstrikes destroyed a residential building and two towers that housed media offices. Gaza City Gaza 2.1 million people Washington D.C. Khan Younis 690,000 Rafah 5 MILES Gaza City Gaza 2.1 million people Washington D.C. Khan Younis 690,000 Rafah 5 MILESLiving conditions in Gaza are bleak: 95 percent of the population does not have access to clean water, according to UNRWA, and electricity shortages periodically bring life to a halt.
Unrest grips Israel and West Bank ahead of large scale demonstrations
       
The bloodshed on the streets has triggered a new round of violence in Gaza. The Israeli military said it had carried out more airstrikes on the enclave into the early hours of Saturday morning in response to more than 2,000 rockets fired into Israel over the past week.
Ellen Degeneres' show ending underscores the LGBTQ icon's complex, hypocritical legacy
       
Does culture breed character, or does character breed culture? Does culture breed character, or does character breed culture? Scorned and — literally — canceled after coming out as a lesbian on her hit sitcom, “Ellen,” in April 1997, Ellen fought for years to rebuild her career. During the 1980s and ’90s, the LGBT community was synonymous with death and disease as the HIV/AIDS epidemic swept the nation and the globe. She endeavored — quite successfully — to humanize the gay community through the logic of equality and, specifically, the language of sameness.
Explainer: How did the latest Israeli-Palestinian crisis emerge?
       
Flashpoint JerusalemAfter the creation of the state of Israel in 1948, east Jerusalem was controlled by Jordan, while the west of the city was controlled by Israelis. East Jerusalem, the West Bank, the Golan Heights and Gaza are still considered occupied territory under United Nations Security Council resolutions. Israeli settlers dance in front of a house decorated with the Star of David in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem on May 9. Jewish settlements in east Jerusalem are home to some 220,000 people. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shakes hands with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during the funeral of former Israeli President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem, in September 2016.
‘It’s getting worse’: Irish hospital hack exposes EU cyberattack vulnerability
       
The cyberattack affected most of the country's health services, including coronavirus testing, maternal care services, cancer care, COVID-19 tracking and routine referrals for secondary care. One government minister called it the "most significant cybercrime on the Irish state," according to the Irish Times. "It's getting worse, and it's getting worse quicker," said Mikko Hyppönen, the chief research officer at F-Secure, a Finnish cybersecurity company. While it is unclear what specific vulnerabilities were exploited in Ireland's case, Hyppönen said health care systems are particularly vulnerable to such attacks. Cyberattacks on health care systems have risen significantly since the pandemic began last year.
Weary Israelis endure more Hamas rocket barrages
       
But for others, it is merely the latest in a series of similar attacks since the Israeli disengagement from Gaza in 2005. The bombings have targeted officials with Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, as well as infrastructure used by those groups, Israeli officials said. Residents gather around a car that was hit in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City, on Wednesday. Adel Hana / APWhile the rocket attacks are terrifying, Israel has a comprehensive system in place to protect its citizens. Hamas went on to win local elections and oust the more moderate Fatah movement led by President Mahmoud Abbas.
As vaccinations drop, outreach workers hit the streets to change minds
       
Covid-19 has disproportionately affected Black and Hispanic people, but they’re getting vaccinated at lower rates than white people, the Kaiser Family Foundation found. Public health authorities have responded by shifting efforts away from mass vaccination sites and focusing on communities with the lowest vaccination rates. This hyperlocal approach, using census-style canvassing operations, education campaigns and mobile vaccination events, hinges on making the shots easy to reach — and helping the hesitant change their minds. She said she would now reassess getting vaccinated. Mecca Shabazz, 26, of Detroit, told canvassers she hadn't gotten vaccinated yet but was considering it.
GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger Predicts How Republican Purge Of Liz Cheney Will Backfire
       
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) warned Friday how the ousting of Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) from House GOP leadership for refusing to back ex-President Donald Trump’s election lies could end up backfiring on the party. The Illinois Republican said the GOP’s return to “loser” Trump was “not providing people any kind of a path to the future.”“And standing up and being sane in the Republican party, that’s not anything heroic,” he added. “that’s just what people expect of us and unfortunately there’s not many of us doing that at the moment.”Trump loyalist Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) was on Friday elected to take over from Cheney in the House GOP leadership role, despite having voted in line with Trump’s policies significantly less than her predecessor. Watch Kinzinger’s comments on “The View” here:Rep. @AdamKinzinger tells @TheView that by removing Rep. Liz Cheney from GOP leadership, the party has “actually given her a massive platform.”“They actually created their worst enemy … in deplatforming her.” https://t.co/f8u2wc159S pic.twitter.com/AIgOt0DcGA — The View (@TheView) May 14, 2021
How Inequality Distorts Economics
       
How Inequality Distorts Economics How Inequality Distorts Economics The growing global concentration of wealth has made basic data on household savings, the trade deficit, and overseas assets increasingly unreliable. The unexpected severity of the 2008–2009 global financial crisis has led to a rethinking. In the United States, pretax profits were less than 40 cents for each dollar of wages. They also assume that if it is importing capital, it could not possibly be contributing to the global saving glut. When U.S. housing prices fell, these CMOs became toxic sludge on the balance sheets of global financial institutions.
Ethnic Cleansing Campaigns Like Sheikh Jarrah Are Nothing New for Israel
       
The Israeli Supreme Court delayed an appeal hearing on May 9 that aimed to halt the eviction of at least six Palestinians families from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. (Local organizers launched a Save Sheikh Jarrah campaign online in March in an effort to build international support for their cause.) Ethnic cleansing of the sort we’re witnessing in Sheikh Jarrah is as old as the state of Israel itself. In Sheikh Jarrah alone, Israel has conducted separate eviction campaigns in 2002, 2008 and 2017; many of those facing eviction today are the descendants of refugees themselves. Approximately one thousand Palestinians across occupied East Jerusalem are currently at risk of losing their homes to Israeli settlers.
“We Are Witnessing the Unification of Palestine”: A Palestinian Activist on the Sheikh Jarrah Uprising
       
And then in the midst of all this [came] the story of Sheikh Jarrah families facing the imminent threat of being expelled from their homes. The people of Sheikh Jarrah managed to draw attention to their case, and to their struggle, and they succeeded in using media in the right way. All of these factors have led to the very harsh crackdown on the protests in Sheikh Jarrah by the occupation authorities. AK: And what’s your response to the court decision that delayed the displacement of Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah? And we will remain here in Sheikh Jarrah supporting families until the decision to expel them from their homes is canceled, not just postponed.
Ronald Reagan’s “Welfare Queen” Lie Has Been Resurrected
       
But it’s bullshit tied to a specific corporate agenda that the millionaires on your cable TV news won’t admit. For his part, President Joe Biden has thankfully shed his past Reagan-appeasing habits and has avoided echoing his own old “welfare queen” language. Soon after, the Reagan administration tried to cut off unemployment benefits if jobless people turned down any work, even if it only paid the federal minimum wage. In this new paroxysm of lies and half-truths about the job market, facts seem unable to penetrate the discourse: facts like studies showing that providing more generous unemployment benefits has little effect on overall employment. Restaurant wages have started to rebound, but only enough to offset their dip last year as employers cut workers’ pay or reduced their hours.
Documenting the Rise and Fall of Chicago’s Cabrini-Green Public Housing Projects
       
From the moment it was completed, the public housing development known as Cabrini-Green has been captured in still and moving pictures. In the end, however, the new public housing wasn’t really for them. For Chicagoans who knew and lived in public housing in those years, 1968 was a turning point — particularly for Cabrini-Green. Thus, just as the most disadvantaged Chicagoans began moving into public housing in ever larger numbers, the management of the properties was forsaken. McDonald is just fifteen when he first appears in footage from 2007, but he is articulate about what the loss of the public housing buildings means.
Effective Immediately: Governor Cooper Lifts Mask Mandate and Gathering Restrictions in North Carolina
       
× Expand Courtesy of the NCDPS Governor Roy CooperIt's official: You no longer need to wear a mask outside or maintain social distancing in North Carolina. Governor Roy Cooper lifted the state's mask mandate, which required social distancing and limits on public gatherings, Friday, effective immediately. "This is a big step forward toward living our lives the way they were before the pandemic," Cooper said during an afternoon press conference. Some restrictions remain in place including mask mandates on public transit, prisons, public schools, childcare settings, and certain healthcare settings. However, even with most restrictions lifted, Cooper said businesses and local governments can still require masks if they choose.
Australia Is Supporting the Oppression of Tamils in Sri Lanka
       
Despite having declared these to be safe areas, the Sri Lankan authorities ordered the evacuation of all media and UN personnel. The Sri Lankan military then proceeded to shell the “no-fire” zones, targeting hospitals, food distribution routes, and Red Cross ships. As the tribunal argued, Washington’s responsibility arises not only from its sustained efforts to increase the power and effectiveness of the Sri Lankan military . Since the arrival of Portuguese colonizers in 1505, great powers have seen Sri Lanka as a prized conquest. The International Truth and Justice Project has documented many cases of torture committed by Sri Lankan police, often involving sexual violence.
Joe Biden’s Cynical Support for Israel Presents an Opportunity for Palestine Activists
       
On the eve of Joe Biden’s very first Senate victory in 1972, a former member of his campaign came forward with a damaging story. They’d been “brainstorming” that day, one of his top staffers said, and all sorts of ideas had been thrown around. The point is that Joe Biden, like many in Washington, is a deeply unprincipled politician. Yet there is also hope in this for those who want US policy toward Israel to finally start shifting. Biden doesn’t care about Israel’s treatment of Palestinians because they’re not Americans and, more importantly, they’re not Joe Biden.
Former Obama Staffer Jay Carney Is Amazon’s Top Flack
       
Bezos added Carney to the S-team, as Amazon’s top-level executive group is called. The title for the position Carney started in 2015 is senior vice president of global corporate affairs. As Amazon’s chief flack, Carney doesn’t just wine and dine the powerful. (By October of 2020, at least 20,000 Amazon workers had contracted COVID-19.) The CNBC report on Carney details an Amazon all-hands meeting in which an employee asked Bezos about criticism of the company.
Joe Biden’s Pentagon Honeymoon
       
Admittedly, there is at least a little good news about the Pentagon’s finances in the Biden era (though it was already included in the last Trump administration Pentagon budget). Meanwhile, withdrawing troops from Afghanistan and other war fronts should result in significant Pentagon budget reductions, as has happened historically after wars—but don’t count on it. Unfortunately, in February, the Biden administration, having largely bought into this rhetoric, announced the establishment of a new Pentagon China Task Force. Meanwhile, as with so much related to the Pentagon, the consequences at home of the China scare are already apparent. Unfortunately, 100-plus days later, the Biden administration has already wasted its first opportunity to change course.
Return to the Joys of Full-Time Office Work? No, Thanks.
       
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Palestinian Lives, and Death: An Interview With Rachel Kushner
       
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Emmanuel Macron’s Government Has Banned Palestine Solidarity Demonstrations
       
As Palestinians come under devastating attacks from Israeli state forces, in France, efforts to build solidarity with Palestine face a climate of intense hostility. While a demonstration was planned in Paris on Saturday, May 15, interior minister Gérald Darmanin issued a straightforward ban on any protests over Palestine. Besides the French state’s clear complicity with Israel, demonstrations for Palestine are one of the primary tools of political expression for Arabs in France. The French political situation seems disastrous for anti-racism — and it will be no surprise if we see the effects during next spring’s presidential election. It is strategically important for the French state to counter any attempt at organizing by anti-imperialist forces in the French metropolis, however few they are.
Palestinians Have a Right to Defend Themselves
       
Urging “de-escalation on all sides,” Price then delivered the standard recognition of “Israel’s legitimate right to defend itself and to defend its people and its territory.” When the Washington bureau chief for Al-Quds daily asked whether Palestinians shared in the right to self-defense, Price’s response was equivocal, affirming that “the concept of self-defense,” should apply “to any state.” To the stateless Palestinians, one can then conclude, the State Department extends no such rights. A search of the media aggregator Factiva finds that the five US newspapers with the highest circulation — the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times — have run 343 articles this century containing the phrases “Israel’s right to self-defense,” “Israel has a right to defend itself,” or “Israel’s right to defend itself.” Querying the same outlets in the same period for “Palestinian right to self-defense,” “Palestinians have a right to defend themselves,” or variations of “Palestinians’ right to defend themselves,” produces just two results, nearly identical pieces about an ex-guard at a US Air Force base reputed to have said that Palestinians have such a right. Implicit in this double standard is the idea that Palestinians should simply submit to their own murder, assault, and dispossession. Denying the Palestinians’ right to defend themselves, furthermore, means demanding their total submission as Israel targets Palestinian demonstrators in cities like Nablus, Bethlehem, Qalqilya, and Hebron. Since 2009, Israeli demolitions have displaced over 11,400 Palestinians, more than 2,600 of them in East Jerusalem.
Will the GOP Scaremonger Us Out of Child Care and Family Leave?
       
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Larry Krasner—and the Future of the Criminal Justice Reform Movement—Is on Tuesday’s Ballot
       
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The Fierce Prophetic Vision of Poor Women
       
And it’s been poorer women and women of color who have been hit hardest of all. In an intensified yet eerily familiar way, this past year-plus has laid bare the pressures, burdens, and violence that women, especially poor women and women of color, face every day. But for the many women, poor and largely of color, who have become Flint’s “water protectors,” the crisis isn’t over. The CTC could be transformative for millions of poor families, especially if it were to be expanded and made permanent. Their political imaginations were decades ahead of their time and their moral clarity on the position of poor women in this society prophetically advanced.
Richard Wright’s new novel ‘The Man Who Lived Underground’ surfaces
       
Richard Wright's 'The Man Who Lived Underground' has been published unexpurgated for the first time. | Wright photo: APEach Richard Wright novel in one way or another bears the imprint of his formative affiliation with the communist movement. His newly published The Man Who Lived Underground, a work that subverts capitalism by exposing its cruel distortions of humanity, is no exception. The disappointed editors and manuscript readers at Harper found The Man Who Lived Underground unsettling; one of them described the novel’s first fifty pages, in which three white policemen torture an innocent black man, as “unbearable.”The Man Who Lived Underground was rejected in early 1942. The new Library of America edition of The Man Who Lived Underground, lays bare the cultural nightmare of race-based police brutality.
Mujeres esencialmente heroicas
       
Campesinas trabajando en los campos/Campesinas working in the fields Photo Courtesy of National Alliance of Campesinas
People of Arizona exert grassroots pressure on U.S. senators to abolish filibuster
       
A rally demanding the end of the filibuster at the Arizona State Capitol. Initiated by the Arizona Coalition to End the Filibuster—and joined by Progress Arizona, Progressive Democrats of America, Jobs with Justice, and other labor and community organizations—demonstrations will take place in Tucson, Phoenix, and Flagstaff. The Tucson action will take place from 4:30 to 5:30 downtown near Sen. Kelly’s office by the Pancho Villa statue. Organizers point to the anger Arizonans feel when they watch their ultra-right-wing legislature and governor attack and slash voting rights while the filibuster rule is preventing passage of legislation like “For the People Act” and “The John Lewis Voting Rights Act” to restore and strengthen the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Arizona’s labor movement has also been heavily active trying to win the senators to support the PRO Act and other progressive programs.
New play ‘Ursula’ about children at the U.S. border to stream on demand
       
Frida Espinosa Müller / Morgana WilbornThe city of Los Angeles’ Latino Theater Company is partnering with Cara Mía Theatre in Dallas to stream Cara Mia’s world premiere production of Ursula, written, performed, and directed by Mexican-born theater artist Frida Espinosa Müller. Müller’s extraordinary performance as an unaccompanied minor arriving at the U.S.-Mexican border will stream on demand from May 20 through May 30. Ursula tells the story of seven-year-old Nadia, who becomes separated from her mother after seeking asylum at the border. “We are thrilled to partner with Cara Mía to present this beautiful, touching, and important new work,” says Latino Theater Company artistic director José Luis Valenzuela. In 2005, she joined Cara Mía Theatre’s resident ensemble, where she has served as an actress, designer, and teaching artist.
‘All We Need Is Some More Courage From the World’
       
You will receive occasional promotional offers for programs that support The Nation’s journalism. All they… I mean all we need is some, just some, more courage from the world.”It is not naïveté or fatalism that gives hope to my elder relative or to most Palestinians of all generations dispersed across the world. Thousands of artists, academics, and hundreds of student governments, LGBTQI+ groups, and social justice movements across the world have also endorsed BDS accountability measures. Today, more than ever, Palestinians are telling the world that true solidarity with our struggle for freedom, justice, and equality spells BDS. We are shattering our wall of fear everyday, and we need not just “some more courage,” as my relative from Acre said, but an eruption of meaningful solidarity that ends all complicity in Israel’s oppression.
The Lege This Week: For Whom the Bill Tolls
       
The Texas House reached a critical deadline in rather anticlimactic fashion as dozens of bills hit the killing floor. One conservative priority that died was House Bill 1399, which would have banned trans kids from receiving gender-affirming health care. Another measure that died Thursday night was House Bill 1171, which would have allowed judges to appoint an attorney to represent fetuses in abortion cases. “Those eviction filings will follow them for years,” said state Representative Armando Walle, a Houston Democrat, as he introduced House Bill 1647 in March. “The bill that was killed last night affected far more children than this bill ever will.
Chicago and nationwide demonstrations demand end to attacks on Palestinians
       
Thousands of protesters gather in support of Palestinians in front of the Consulate General of Israel on May 12, 2021 in Chicago. | APCHICAGO—A protest here by thousands against the Israeli attacks on Gaza was emblematic this week of actions that swept the nation’s cities from coast to coast and of more marches and rallies expected this weekend. Protesters condemned what they called ethnic cleansing against Arabs, the displacement of Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah and other neighborhoods of East Jerusalem, Israeli violations of Palestinians’ rights, and Israeli police-condoned attacks on its own civilians. The demonstration in Chicago was not the first action in the area against the Israeli attacks. The injustices they take issue with include the occupation of Palestinian lands, the demolition of Palestinian homes, attacks on sacred places, and the killing of innocent civilians.
Today in history: The 1970 killings at Jackson State College
       
Jackson State historical marker. Mississippi Freedom TrailThe Jackson State killings occurred on Friday, May 15, 1970, at Jackson State College, a historically Black college (now Jackson State University) in Jackson, Mississippi, the state capital and its largest city. On May 14, 1970, a group of student protesters against the Vietnam War, specifically the U.S. invasion of Cambodia, were confronted by city and state police. The event happened only 11 days after National Guardsmen killed four students in similar protests at Kent State University in Ohio, which had first captured national attention. Even today, passers-by can see the bullet holes in the women’s dorm… All Jackson State students learn about the shooting in a mandatory orientation class, and professors evoke the event as a teaching tool.
Weingarten: Post-pandemic schools should retool education
       
The nation must reopen the schools “fully and safely, five days a week,” Weingarten said. And it includes not just reimaging and retooling schools and learning themselves but also what schools can do for kids, parents and communities—from lunches to mental health counseling. Weingarten said reimagined post-pandemic schools should have all those characteristics—and be physically safe for the students, teachers, parents and staff, too. Another point envisions joint committees of parents, teachers, administrators and, where appropriate, students, rethinking what schools look like and should do. The poll, while showing overwhelming support for other elements Weingarten outlined, had one other outlying number, on cops in schools.
A Drone Whistleblower’s Quest for Justice
       
Hale’s documents were the source material for “The Drone Papers,” an explosive eight-part series published by The Intercept in 2015. Hale, who was in the Air Force from 2009 to 2013, was assigned to work with the National Security Agency and stationed at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. Hale acted as he did because he believed the public had a right to know how the drone program operated. He has spoken at a Drone Summit, hosted by the antiwar organization Codepink, and was featured in National Bird, Sonia Kennebeck’s 2016 documentary about drone warfare and assassinations. As intelligence and national security whistleblowers, these individuals are portrayed as revealing defense secrets and placing military and intelligence personnel in danger.
California’s new A.G. announces ‘Racial Justice Bureau’ to combat hate surge
       
California's new Attorney General Rob Bonta. “Throughout California’s history, too many of us have felt the sting of hate and discrimination, and the fact is that no part of California is immune to hate,” Bonta, a Democrat, told reporters. Rob Bonta was sworn in as California’s attorney general on April 23, taking the place of former Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who is now U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services. He is the first person of Filipino descent and the second Asian American to serve as California’s attorney general. Though at this writing, Bonta has only been California’s Attorney General for three weeks, he has already taken a number of actions.
McCarthy leadership PAC made payments to Luntz firm
       
Matt Sparks, McCarthy’s spokesman, said the payments were for surveys, one done in early September and another in early December. “One was done on pre-election messaging, which was the first election when McCarthy was the top House Republican, and the second was for a post-election survey after Republicans defied expectations,” he said. He said there was no connection between the campaign work and McCarthy’s rental of Luntz’s apartment.
Ex-Defense Secretary Delivers Damning Takedown Of GOP Spin On U.S. Capitol Riot
       
Clinton-era Defense Secretary William Cohen on Friday tore into elected Republicans who are desperately trying to spin the narrative on the deadly U.S. Capitol riot. And for those members now to say ‘oh it’s just a day in the life of members of Congress’ is absurd, it’s insulting.”Watch the interview here:"I've never seen it like that," says fmr. William Cohen on infighting among Washington lawmakers. "I spent nearly a quarter of a century on Capitol Hill and I was able to work with Republicans, Democrats... what is taking place now, it's shameful and shameless." pic.twitter.com/os9swyZ0Ss — Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) May 15, 2021
Nationals unleash an offensive barrage in the desert in a 17-2 demolition of the Diamondbacks
       
Those totals were padded once left fielder David Peralta took the mound for the ninth. Gomes collected a double, a triple, three singles, three runs scored and two RBI. Turner cranked a two-run double in the fifth. Stevenson took Peralta deep for a three-run homer. But by the end of the first, when the Nationals had batted around, they had already scored more runs (six) than in any of Scherzer’s starts this year.
Revealed: Big Pharma's Plot to Derail US Covid-19 Vaccine Waiver
       
Internal PhRMA documents reveal that lobbyists are mobilizing a new push back against the WTO waiver to share covid vaccines with the developing world. The letter additionally claims that the TRIPS waiver would cost U.S. jobs and be a boon for China, which would "profit from our innovation." This, as client Pfizer has raked in $3.5 billion in profits from the sale of its Covid-19 vaccine in just the first three months of 2021. Progressive U.S. lawmakers have taken Big Pharma and its lobbyists to task for their opposition to Covid-19 vaccine patent waivers. "Amid a global pandemic, major pharmaceutical companies are lobbying to protect billions in profits," Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said in March following the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's dismissal of the proposed TRIPS waiver as "misguided."
Rep. Maloney's Primary Challenger, Abdelhamid, Joins Dems Denouncing US Complicity in Israeli Violence
       
"Congress and the Biden administration must act immediately to end the violence, secure a cease-fire, and protect human rights." "We've seen the Israeli military force hundreds of Palestinians out of their homes through the expansion of illegal settlements," said Abdelhamid. We cannot claim to stand for human rights while our nation is complicit in funding forced evictions, settlement expansion, and violence against children and families that undermine a two-state solution. Unlike Rep. Maloney, I don't believe that Israel—or any country—should receive a blank check funded by American taxpayers to use in a way that violates our values and basic human rights. U.S. President Joe Biden and congressional leaders are under mounting pressure to condemn Israeli violence in East Jerusalem and Gaza.
PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN---DAY114---Evening Shade-Friday
       
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 14, 2021JANUARY 6 COMMISSIONx A bipartisan deal has been reached on a January 6 commission. pic.twitter.com/JX1MvvsGR2 — Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) May 14, 2021MICHAEL FANONEx DC Metro Police Officer Michael Fanone: It's "disgraceful" to see officials downplay the riot. — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 14, 2021LIZ CHENEYx Liz Cheney on Fox News: "We all have an obligation. And I would say Fox News—especially, especially Fox News—has a particular obligation to make sure people know the election wasn’t stolen." https://t.co/z08SAvf23k — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 14, 2021
The Great Repuglian Rebellion...
       
So — the media is all a-blaze these days about the hundred Rs who are threatening to break away and form a third party. Supposedly this is the first crack in the Great Breakup which will condemn the Rs to join their Whig forebearers, insure Dem dominance for 2022 and beyond, et nausium. How many Rs are there in the Party of Treason? I’m talking the real members, the movers and shakers, those who genuinely have the Say in Radical politics. We need to stop grasping at pipe-dreams and recognize we are in a bitter, all-out struggle for survival against an apocalyptic cult.
FOX News (And Trump) Whines that Trump Didn't Get Credit for the Vaccine that They Say Kills People
       
Not surprisingly, Capito replied that credit should be given where it's due, and that means to Trump. [...] The Biden Administration had zero to do with it. And notice that Trump isn't expressing any gratitude for the lives saved by Biden's successful inoculation project. It's rather odd that Trump and Fox News are now so insistent that Trump be celebrated for "his" vaccine. All of that notwithstanding, Trump is now whining that he isn't getting credit for the vaccine.
China lands on Mars
       
China landed on Mars’s Utopia Planitia today with their Tianwen-1 lander and rover. Tianwen-1 is an interplanetary mission by the China National Space Administration to send a robotic spacecraft to Mars, consisting of an orbiter, deployable camera, lander, and the Zhurong rover. China has become only the second nation to successfully land a spacecraft on Mars on Friday, joining the United States. The landing site, Utopia Planitia, is not far from where on September 3, 1976, NASA’s Viking 2 spacecraft touched down marking the second-ever landing on Mars. The orbiter that came to Mars with the lander remains in orbit on its own mission.
Voting Rights Roundup: Mississippi's Supreme Court kills off ballot initiatives for an absurd reason
       
? Connecticut: Both chambers of Connecticut's Democratic-run legislature have passed a bill to end prison gerrymandering starting with the upcoming redistricting cycle. Kevin Stitt has signed a bill passed with bipartisan support that extends the early voting period in presidential elections from three days to four. The barrage includes measures adopting multiple new restrictions on voting; giving partisan Republican officials more control over election administration; and undermining ballot initiatives. Ron DeSantis has signed a new law that adopts multiple new voting restrictions, prompting voting advocates to immediately sue in federal court. Voters also passed a measure to adopt instant-runoff voting, but Republican legislators have shown little interest in changing state law to allow it to take effect.
Top Comments: Friday Night Open Thread
       
From annrose ’s recommended post on Eric Swalwell’s response to MTG’s aide. From gharlane:Qontext:ian douglas rushlau posts a Tweet roasting GQP Rep Ralph Norman who was publicly doubting that the insurrectionists were MAGAts. Dale: (paraphrased): JFC, they were decked from head to toe in shitty MAGA gear and all the rest of it. Me: Oh, Antifa bought all that stuff with (((Soros))) money and trained at the (((Soros))) Crisis Actor Skool. From Frank Vyan Walton’s recommended post on former SecDef Miller’s testimony on Trump’s delay of sending the military to the Capitol on 1/6.
Friday Night Beer Blog: American Craft Beer Week 2021 Edition
       
Happy Friday, and yes, ‘tis chingchongchinaman once again as your FNBB guest blogger tonight, with esquimaux taking a well-earned rest from FNBB duties. The title for this FNBB pretty much says it all, as the 15th incarnation of American Craft Beer Week began this past Monday (natch) the 10th, and continues through this Sunday the 16th. However, some YT videos from scattered around the country get into this year’s version of American Craft Beer Week, e.g. Any particular choices in honor of American Craft Beer Week? video from YT on American Craft Beer Week 2021, which just ended its livestream a few minutes ago:
Warning of possible anti-vaxxer demonstrations on Saturday: FYSA
       
A group calling itself Freedom 515 is supposedly coordinating demonstrations this Saturday, 5/15. Eight of the 49 cities (St. Paul, Philadelphia, NYC, Orlando, Memphis, Fort Worth Metro (Arlington), Cleveland, and Houston Metro (Baytown)) have CVC sites supported by DOD. Of those eight, only two cities have CVC sites operating within several miles of the demonstrations: Philadelphia and Cleveland. In Cleveland, demonstrators plan to assemble at the Cleveland Mall, just north of Public Square. It is possible these individuals might break off from the primary protest and approach some of the CVC sites.
Former Conservative Republican Bill Kristol: Biden must succeed. I haven’t voted GOP since Trump.
       
Former Conservative Republican Bill Kristol did not mince his words as he disparaged Trump’s Republican Party, which for all practical purposes, he has left. Bill Kristol is a conservative stalwart. We all recognize Mr. Kristol as the ardent defender of conservative positions on every TV and radio network and at conferences throughout the nation. But his disdain for what the Republican Party had allowed Trump to do to their party was palpable. Bill Kristol has been doing the rounds on network and cable TV to nudge the party in the right direction.
05.15.2021 IAN: "Returning to Star Trek Online"
       
If you are going to be away from your computer for a day or a week, let us know here. IAN is a great group to join, and a good place to learn to write diaries. We all share the publishing duties, and we welcome everyone who reads IAN to write diaries for the group! Monday Crimson QuillfeatherTuesday ejoannaWednesday Pam from CalifThursday art ah zenFriday FloridaSNMOMSaturday FloridaSNDadSunday loggersbratStar Trek Online…. I would love to see more games do this sort of thing… What games are you all playing lately?
Does Richard Dawkins Care About Life?
       
Richard Dawkins has been in the news a lot lately, and most of it has been negative. One thing I have never liked about Dawkins is his approach to “life.” For him, as for all fundamentalists, life is all about the “value” one brings to the table. For most of us, life is a mystery, and our appearance here holds some significant value. What… is the difference between life or what we consider “other” than life? And I think, that’s what Dawkins forgets… life is about the experience, and there are those who want that experience, regardless of his officious opinion.
Insomniacs' Vent Hole with James Corden
       
Violation of IVH rules will result in expulsion without refund. A copy of IVH rules can be obtained from one or more members wearing tie-dyed oxford shirts after written requests. Corden: Daisy Ridley; musical performance by Caroline Polachek. Fallon: Guests include Chance the Rapper, Fred Armisen and musical guest Alan Jackson (new)Meyers: Guests include Michael Che; Richard Kind; and Mario Duplantier. Musical guest AnittaSNL: Keegan-Michael Key hosts for the first time, with musical guest Olivia Rodrigo.
VA-Gov: Trump's Candidate For Governor Kind Of, Sort Of Admits That Biden Legitimately Won
       
Youngkin would say only that Biden is the president, had been sworn in and was living in the White House. Meanwhile, the former Carlyle Group executive played into Trump's baseless claims of widespread election fraud by making "election integrity" the centerpiece of his campaign. But days after winning both the nomination and Trump’s endorsement, Youngkin appeared to change his rhetoric, saying in an interview on Fox Business: “I have said before that Joe Biden was legitimately elected our president. He’s unfortunately signing executive order after executive order.”Yet it appears he never said that so explicitly or publicly, at least not before winning the nomination. Youngkin’s campaign declined to comment, but pointed to one other interview in which he seemed to agree, with a simple “yeah,” that Biden had been legitimately elected.
PBW Friday Night Open Thread: Dear Sarah Jane #4
       
As translated by Strawbale:Dear Sara Jane: I thonk the rule is, if Auntie is cutting something with a knife, it is something she should share with me. But dis isn’t always da case…An ders lotsa stuff hoomans don’t like too, so hoo da heck knows? Signed, Sarah Janeand then this, delivered by JoanNJTN: Dear Sara Jane: Sometimes the humans come in with their pants smelling so wonderful. SHE NEEDS PANTS!!!!! Makes em more valuble on da trunks marketSo…..
Gas-Hoarding, Protein-Shedding, and Other Uniquely American Mental Disorders
       
I think this makes it fairly clear that A) there is indeed a higher power and B) it enjoys fucking with us. It’s becoming more and more difficult to refrain from kink-shaming Rand Paul over his penchant for mortifying public clashes with Dr. Anthony Fauci. Word on the street is, Skidmark Jr.’s now-ex-wife ordered a little somethin’ somethin’ off the Secret Service’s secret menu, nudge nudge, wink wink. Lie big, lie loud, lie every single time you open your lying mouth. ...not to invoke the Fall of Rome or anything, but it’s possible the can-do American spirit has become terminally diluted with opioids, disinformation, and Trump Vodka.
Did National Guard helicopters do more than "dust-off" DC demonstrators in 2020
       
A Washington Post investigation last year estimated the height was 45 feet. Military helicopters had been flying high overhead, seeming to track their movements. “I thought they were going to land,” Magness, 24, said, fearing soldiers would pour out and force protesters into waves of police. The two helicopters hovered over the protesters for a combined 10 minutes, first one and then the other, as protesters ran for cover. www.washingtonpost.com/...x Texts Show DC National Guard Celebrating as They Intimidated George Floyd Protesters With Helicopters https://t.co/g5zK4TQaP8 — Maddie ? (@MarnieRose2) April 16, 2021x Why did the DC National Guard deploy two UH-72 Lakota helicopters at last summer's protests over the murder of George Floyd in Washington as well as ground troops, but completely fail to even show up at the Capitol insurrection on January 6th?
Overnight News Digest: Over There...
       
A grey whale, dubbed "Wally" by the marine biologists tracking it, is lost in the Mediterranean - and it must find its way home soon if it is to survive. At this time of year, Wally should be 5,600 miles (9,000km) away, off the coast of Alaska. The species normally migrates up and down the cost of North America but melting ice in the Arctic has opened up previously closed off passageways to the Atlantic Ocean. What happens if Wally can't get back?
Surely this isn't what the CDC intended...
       
Somehow, I don’t think this is what the CDC had in mind. Ever since the new guidelines were issued yesterday, I’ve been following the comments on a number of local Facebook pages, and also on my neighborhood Next Door group. I live in a coastal Oregon tourist town of ten thousand or so with a sizable, vocal contingent of anti-vaxxers and anti-maskers, and boy, are they lighting up the internet right now. From what I’m seeing, the Covidiots are in full gloating mode. “Fuck the honor system,” as one of them said.
Jamie Dimon: A Model Parasite - LA Progressive
       
'Willie Sutton told reporters he robbed banks because “that’s where the money is,” but Sutton was an amateur compared to Jamie Dimon. In his letter from its CEO, Jamie Dimon cloaks robbery in sanctimony. In the decades since Newt Gingrich and Bill Clinton deregulated Wall St, culminating in the Great Recession in 2007, Dimon and his Wall St. pals pulled off what’s arguably the biggest theft in human history... People are busy, or distracted. People are too busy just surviving for a civics lesson. And apparently Dimon is lying just to keep in practice.'
News Roundup: Republicans' (plural) illegalities investigated; Biden plans remain popular
       
It’s Friday around here! Today we have had some more news about what’s going on with the many legal investigations into the very illegal activities of Republicans across the country. Marjorie Taylor Greene lies and says she’s not a liar; more Jan. 6 arrests; and thousands of working immigrants see a new hope for citizenship. Here are some of the stories from the day:And from the Daily Kos community:
Explosive new report has witnesses putting Matt Gaetz, an escort, and cocaine in the same hotel room
       
On Oct. 26, 2019, Gaetz attended the “Trump Defender Gala” fundraiser as the featured speaker at the Westgate Lake Resort in Orlando. Two witnesses present recalled friends reconvening at Gaetz’s hotel room for an after-party, where Zalonka prepared lines of cocaine on the bathroom counter. The Daily Beast says that hotel stay was written off by Gaetz as a campaign expense. And Greenberg, who is married, listed various explanations for why he paid Zalonka. It’s starting to become clear why Donald Trump and Kevin McCarthy are trying to stay far away from Matt Gaetz right now.
Cheers and Jeers: Rum and Social Distancing FRIDAY!
       
Now here's your Sunday morning lineup:Meet the Press: CDC Director Rochelle Walensky; Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Dan Crenshaw (CULT-TX). CDC Director Rochelle Walensky explains the new masking guidelines Sunday morning. CNN's State of the Union: CDC Director Rochelle Walensky; Gov. Fox GOP Talking Points Sunday: CDC Director Rochelle Walensky; Liz Cheney. All the reason we need to take a moment to revisit a smidgen of the Carlin moments that made Carlin Carlin: ”I choose toilet paper through a process of elimination.” Carlin in his prime.
Reporter gets stumped when White House press sec. Psaki turns his hack question back on him
       
“Why should the faith community not see that as a de-emphasis when the previous administration made religious freedom a top priority?” the reporter asked. JEN PSAKI: What the secretary, and certainly the state department—religious freedom—what he was saying is it's incredibly important around the world, and we’re going to work to protect that. Or that piece of him that once was filled with dreams of doing important reporting work just farted into his soul. We are less worried about press conferences or political games that are being played by some. Psaki gives an answer about how holding press conferences while offering zero ideas is not leading, nor is it productive.
Jamie Dimon: A Model Parasite - LA Progressive
       
Congress Switchboard: 202-224-3121"We are in the midst of a profound change of paradigms: from seeing the world as a machine to understanding it as a network. Rob Kall has interviewed many of the leaders, both thinkers and activists, of this global cultural transformation. In this eminently readable book, he weaves their statements, values, and ideas into a coherent and inspiring whole. Bottom-Up is a joy to read!" Fritjof Capra, author of The Web of Life and The Hidden Connections, coauthor of The Systems View of Life
Article: "Revealed" Religion is the Root Cause of the Ongoing Violence Between Israelis and Palestinians
       
Israel has been practicing ethnic cleansing of Palestinians since before the creation of the Jewish state in 1947. The attempted removal of the Palestinian families sparked fighting between Palestinians and Israeli Occupation Forces. This fighting quickly escalated to Palestinians and Jews fighting and rioting at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound and in other parts of Jerusalem. In this case, the "revealed" religion that is the root cause of the religious violence is Judaism. Jewish Israeli leaders often use this Hebrew Bible/Old Testament lie to justify Israel stealing land from the Palestinians.
Jamie Dimon: A Model Parasite - LA Progressive
       
Congress Switchboard: 202-224-3121"Fascinating, eye-opening, and extraordinary, Rob Kall's Bottom Up: Tapping the Power of the Connection Revolution explores the emerging paradigm of our age -- bottom-up thinking -- connecting an enormous range of disciplines and topics from systems, chaos, and complexity theories to the evolving role of technology in our lives. Not merely a cogent exposition of contemporary thinking, however, Bottom Up extrapolates from abstract ideas to derive practical, everyday steps we can take to improve our chances of global survival, peace, and prosperity. Following Rob's lead, we can change habits as individuals to deepen our connection with others across the planet." Wendell Potter, former health insurance executive, co-author of Nation on the Take: How Big Money Corrupts Our Democracy and What We Can Do About It, and Founder of Tarbell.org
Washington State: Single-Payer Health Care Here We Come
       
Jay Inslee, establishes the Evergreen State as the leading force for universal healthcare justice in the United States. The Evergreen State in the Great Northwest just took a formal leap where no U.S. state has gone before. The newly-established universal healthcare commission begins its work within ninety days to transition Washington State to a "universally financed healthcare system" (aka, single-payer). As the nation's leading forum and advocacy organization for healthcare justice at all levels - local, state, regional, and national - the One Payer States (OPS) community is thrilled with the news out of Washington State. This is what health and healthcare justice looks like.
Israeli Apartheid Confirmed
       
This particular event came to mind upon my seeing the latest Human Rights Watch (HRW) report conclusively laying out the apartheid nature of Israel. Apartheid Israel was shown to be a matter of fact rather than nonsense. Amidst the predictable resumption of mass resistance from Palestinians in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, The Human Rights Watch report confirming Israeli Apartheid presents the seminal context for what we now witness. "Across these areas and in most aspects of life, Israeli authorities methodically privilege Jewish Israelis and discriminate against Palestinians. Laws, policies, and statements by leading Israeli officials make plain that the objective of maintaining Jewish Israeli control over demographics, political power, and land has long guided government policy.
It's Time to Kick Gas
       
But plugging leaks isn't enough: we've got to stop producing natural gas as quickly as possible, and replace it with renewables that generate neither carbon nor methane. But there are other reasons to kick gas. "People might feel differently if they understood that their gas appliances were emitting a range of toxic substances." That is why the gas industry has lobbied so hard to prevent that perception. But, if we can kick gas quickly, there's some hope that lies in the structure of that CH-4 molecule: it only lasts about 10 years in the atmosphere, as opposed to a century for carbon dioxide.
Former Conservative Republican Bill Kristol: Biden must succeed. I haven't voted GOP since Trump.
       
(Image by Egberto Willies) Details DMCAFormer Conservative Republican Bill Kristol did not mince his words as he disparaged Trump's Republican Party, which for all practical purposes, he has left. Bill Kristol is a conservative stalwart. We all recognize Mr. Kristol as the ardent defender of conservative positions on every TV and radio network and at conferences throughout the nation. But his disdain for what the Republican Party had allowed Trump to do to their party was palpable. Bill Kristol has been doing the rounds on network and cable TV to nudge the party in the right direction.
A Look at America's Defense Posture
       
The foreign and defense policy of President Donald Trump defined itself by "America first" nationalism, the alienation of our country from traditional alliances, and high defense spending. The public should have learned that high defense spending doesn't make us safer against terrorists of various stripes, pandemics, and climate change. Much has been made of Biden's accomplishments in the first 100 days, but little has changed when it comes to defense spending. In the Trump administration, retired general James Mattis served on the board of General Dynamics before being named defense secretary and Mark Esper, also defense secretary, came from Raytheon. To change our defense posture, we really must change the way we look at defense and make our voice known to our leaders!
Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific
       
Bangladeshi jute mill workers demand compensationHundreds of temporary workers from shuttered mills of state-owned Amin Jute Mills Limited demonstrated on May 8 outside the mill in Chattogram to demand payment of salary arrears. Workers alleged that more than 300 health workers have been infected with COVID-19 due to hospital and health institutions failures to implement the safety measures. Karawanella health workers said they are forced to wash and wear their own PPE equipment because authorities claim there’s no other option. Thousands of junior hospital workers held a national sick-leave protest on April 7 over several demands, including proper COVID-19 safety measures. In mid-April, Electrical Trades Union (ETU), Rail Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) and the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) members overwhelmingly voted for future industrial action.
Australian government abandons citizens infected with COVID-19 in India
       
A discriminatory and anti-democratic ban on Australian citizens returning from India supposedly elapsed today. The government does not intend to provide any medical assistance to Australian citizens who have COVID in India. It is unclear what medical treatment, if any, the Australian citizens infected with COVID will be able to find in India. People from India who have become Australian citizens have been compelled to forgo the rights associated with Indian nationality. Many of the Australian citizens in India who have spoken to the media similarly travelled to the country to be with elderly and ill relatives.
New Zealand: International mining experts release plan for full investigation of Pike River disaster
       
On May 11, a group of international mining experts released a 23-page Conceptual Development Plan to expand the underground investigation of Pike River coal mine in New Zealand. It was prepared by the Pike River Independent Technical Advisory Group, which consists of highly-qualified mining experts, including former chief mines inspector Tony Forster. The Pike River Coal company gambled with the lives of its workers and contractors. The union knew about the dangerous conditions at Pike River but took no action to shut down the mine and protect workers. As a mining engineer, I’ve never understood why so much dithering has been carried out.”Another member of the group, mining engineer David Creedy, said “none of the barriers are really technical.
Australian budget underscores preparations for war
       
Incorporating the extra spending on weapons systems, the government boosted the annual military budget by 6.1 percent to $44.6 billion. They also unveiled a revamped $747 million package to overhaul four strategic military facilities in the Northern Territory. This would support “greater engagement and combined training with the US under the Force Posture Agreement,” which provides for Marine rotations and extensive US access to Australian military bases. The biggest increase—$1.3 billion—is for the internal political spy agency, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), which includes $945 million for new surveillance and cyber-warfare technology. In his budget reply speech on Thursday, opposition Labor Party leader Anthony Albanese made no mention of the war preparations.
New Zealand Labour-led government imposes public sector wage freeze
       
New Zealand’s Labour-led government, which includes the Greens, last week declared a pay freeze across the public service for the next three years. Only about a quarter of public servants earns less than $60,000 and will theoretically qualify for pay increases, which still have to be negotiated. Tens of thousands of doctors, nurses, teachers, social workers, border staff, conservation staff, administrative personnel and others will be hit by the freeze. The government’s “wage” subsidy scheme paid over $NZ14 billion to employers. If 10 percent of a workforce, or 1,000 workers agree, a union will have power to negotiate directly with the employer group covering a particular sector for an agreement for all workers, union and non-union.
Report documents Ontario government’s ruinous role in pandemic’s ravaging of long-term care homes
       
Ontario’s Long-Term Care COVID-19 Commission submitted its final report to the province’s hard-right Progressive Conservative government at the end of last month. A year on, close to 4,000 residents of long-term care homes in Ontario have died from the virus, as well as 11 staff members. It wasn’t until November 2020 that the Ministry of Long-Term Care began outlining recommendations for care homes akin to the hub and spoke model. An anonymous former provincial inspector of Ontario’s care homes recently spoke to Global News about the lack of enforcement. By April 22, over a thousand patients had been rapidly discharged and transferred to long-term care homes despite still requiring medical aid.
One in three college students is food insecure in the United States
       
Since the onset of the pandemic, food insecurity has skyrocketed throughout the United States. Food insecurity now affects one-in-three college students. Sal, a community college student from Silicon Valley, California, spoke with the WSWS about how food insecurity has affected him. The review, titled Food Insecurity among College Students in the United States: A Scoping Review, estimated that food insecurity prevalence at universities was as high as 47 percent on community college campuses and 37 percent at 4-year degree universities. The Hope Center for College, Community and Justice conducted a study of Denver College students in Colorado and found that 40 percent of the roughly 65,000 college students in the city suffer from food insecurity.
Sri Lankan estate workers protest against higher workloads and wage cuts
       
The plantation unions, particularly the Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC), falsely promoted the wage rise as a major victory for workers. Isolated Fordyce estate workers demanding food support [Credit: Annachinews]A week earlier, Bogawantalawa Estate workers demonstrated near the highway to Hatton in protest over similar cost-cutting measures. The increased workloads and cost-cutting measures at estate after estate follows the brutal anti-democratic attacks on Alton Estate workers in the past months. The dire conditions faced by estate workers, however, will worsen with rising COVID-19 infections in the plantations and at other workplaces. Responding to the Socialist Equality Party’s campaign in defence of the victimised Alton Estate workers, several workers formed an action committee to take forward this struggle.
UAW-GSOC ends NYU graduate student strike, fraudulently presenting it as a “historic victory”
       
On Friday afternoon, the Graduate Student Organizing Committee (GSOC), which is affiliated with the United Auto Workers (UAW), officially ended the strike of over 2,000 New York University (NYU) graduate student workers. The union is fraudulently presenting the outcome of the strike as a “historic victory.” It is nothing of the sort. The International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) calls upon graduate students at NYU to reject this tentative agreement. In order to successfully develop their struggle, graduate students need new organizations and a new political perspective. This dynamic became abundantly clear in the course of the NYU strike.
US air traffic controllers union pushes through contract extension
       
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) on Monday announced it signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to extend the expiration date of the current contract for four more years, with no new negotiations. Air traffic controllers have been forced to work in close proximity using shared equipment during the pandemic with almost no cleaning or support from management. Under the George W. Bush administration, when the last NATCA contract ended, the FAA imposed brutal work rules and massive pay cuts without collective bargaining with the union. When the Obama administration negotiated a contract, which contained modest improvements, NATCA nevertheless accepted the continuation of huge concessions compared to the pre-Bush contract, with lasting consequences for air traffic controllers. As for the air traffic controllers, PATCO was eventually replaced in 1987 by NACTA.
German state governments reopen as COVID-19 infections remain high
       
No vaccine has been approved in Europe for children aged 15 and under. The average seven-day incidence rate is about 100 infections per 100,000 inhabitants. The incidence rate among people aged 60 to 79 is 67 per 100,000 inhabitants, and 47 for those over 80. Even an incidence rate of 50 provides no security, as serious scientists like Brinkmann and Meyer-Hermann have been stressing for months. The coronavirus pandemic is not merely a medical, but above all a political catastrophe.
COVID-19 infections in Sweden surpass 1 million
       
One year after Swedish authorities took the decision to let the coronavirus run rampant with the goal of reaching “herd immunity,” infection rates remain among the highest in Europe. Last week, the Scandinavian country, with a population of just 10.3 million people, surpassed the mark of 1 million officially registered cases. Throughout April, infection rates in Sweden were the highest of any major country in Europe, with intensive care units full to the brim with sick patients. On April 13, the seven-day rolling average for daily infections was 625 per million inhabitants, behind only tiny San Marino. Sweden’s Public Health Agency only issued a “recommendation” to wear masks in December 2020 and only for commuters during rush hour travel.
Ukrainian government accuses pro-Russian oligarch and opposition leader of “high treason”
       
The right-wing Ukrainian government of President Volodymyr Zelensky has indicted the country’s main opposition party leader, the oligarch Viktor Medvedchuk, on charges of high treason and embezzlement. The indictment of Medvedchuk is the latest step in a carefully staged political crackdown against the pro-Kremlin Opposition Platform-For Life party which Medvedchuk leads. Medvedchuk’s financial assets were also frozen for three years and both he and Kozak were sanctioned by the Ukrainian government. In addition to leading the main opposition party and a constant figure in post-Soviet Ukrainian politics, Medvedchuk is also an extremely wealthy oligarch, worth an estimated $1 billion. He has helped in drafting the Minsk peace accords and securing the release of captured Ukrainian soldiers by Russian-backed separatists.
Two funerals in one week at Sterling Stamping Plant: Part 2
       
I don’t want to go back.”Twinsburg Stamping Plant in 1966The closure of Twinsburg “was traumatic,” he said. Twinsburg Stamping over time had also gained a reputation of militancy. Twinsburg workers stopped work in 1966 over working conditions, forcing the temporary layoff of 38,000 workers in Chrysler assembly plants. At the time that Twinsburg Stamping was closed, the UAW was briefly the majority shareholder in Chrysler. The situation I guess is a little better at least in Akron now because they have a new Amazon plant there.
House Homeland Security Committee announces agreement on bipartisan commission to investigate January 6 coup attempt
       
3233), is expected to be considered by the House of Representatives as early as next week. However, there is no guarantee that the bill will pass the House, much less the evenly divided Senate, where a two-thirds majority would be required. In other words, the panel as defined in the House bill would give the Republicans veto power over its operations and conclusions. “You’ve got to look at what the build-up before and what has gone on afterwards, otherwise the commission does not work,” he said. Joining Biggs in whitewashing the attempted coup were several Republicans who voted to overturn the election even after the storming of the Capitol.
Vote “no” on the UAW-Volvo sellout agreement! Join the Volvo Workers Rank-and-File Committee and expand the struggle throughout the truck manufacturing and auto industries!
       
Volvo Truck workers last month [Source: UAW 2069]The WSWS Autoworker Newsletter urges Volvo workers to decisively reject this miserable pro-company agreement during Sunday’s ratification vote. Workers should join the recently formed Volvo Workers Rank-and-File Committee and demand oversight over Sunday’s vote and ballot count. In coordination with the Volvo Workers Rank-and-File Committee, workers should elect new strike and negotiating committees, genuinely composed of and led by workers themselves. In order to fight a giant multinational like Volvo, workers need an international strategy and organization of their own. We urge workers at Volvo Truck to take up this fight and join the Volvo Workers Rank-and-File Committee today.
Oregon middle school teacher dies from COVID-19 within days of school reopening
       
The Oregon Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee will be hosting a meeting with our sister committees across the West Coast at 2:00p.m. A beloved sixth and seventh grade language arts teacher, Samantha Fox, 46, died from COVID-19 last Saturday, May 8, in Estacada, Oregon. Other education workers in the state have also died from COVID-19, including a volunteer for the North Clackamas School District who died in December, and a Joseph Charter School bus driver who died in September. Estacada School District has tried to absolve itself from responsibility for Fox’s death, while the media has seized on the fact that she was unvaccinated when she contracted COVID-19. We urge all educators, parents and students in Oregon who wish to fight for these policies to sign up today to join the Oregon Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee .
British Army found to have massacred unarmed civilians in Ballymurphy, Northern Ireland, in August 1971
       
John Teggart's father Danny (44) was shot 14 times-mainly in the back as he lay injured on the ground - by the British Army. The British government now wants to deny us the chance for justice by introducing an amnesty for these murders.”Jackson went on to become the Chief of General Staff of the British Army until his retirement in 2006. The previously declining Irish Republican Army (IRA) began to achieve prominence through involvement in working class Catholics' efforts to defend their neighbourhoods. On August 9, 1971, the British Army launched Operation Demetrious, a mass operation to intern, or imprison without trial, anyone suspected of being an IRA supporter. A mural in Belfast commemorating the victims of the Ballymurphy Massacre in 1971, when 11 unarmed civilians were killed by British soldiers.
Jeremy Corbyn and the collapse of Britain’s Labour Party
       
The Labour Party is committed to preserving the interests of British imperialism, nothing else. Corbyn’s aim as Labour leader was to block the leftward movement of the working class and its younger generation and corral it behind the Labour Party. Those are demands that do not sit with the traditional opposition between working class and bourgeoisie. This left the working class with no real choice in the last elections and most stayed at home in disgust. The social democratic parties, long ago transformed into nakedly pro-capitalist, right-wing parties of exploitation and war, are in a state of putrefaction.
Black Lives Matter goes to war with Napoleon and the French Revolution
       
Now, the Times is taking aim at the French Revolution. Napoleon had taken power in a 1799 coup, as Europe’s kings waged war on the young French republic for having abolished absolute monarchy and serfdom. L’Ouverture was nominally a representative of the French Republic, but his initiative did not have French support. In Saint-Domingue, French troops under General Charles Leclerc forced L’Ouverture’s troops to withdraw to the western mountains to wage guerrilla warfare. The Jacobin club, the leading club in the French Revolution, where figures like Robespierre, Danton and Hébert had spoken, was closed.
Bicentenary of Napoleon’s death: Macron praises Bonapartist police-state rule
       
On May 5, French President Emmanuel Macron spoke on the bicentenary of the death of Napoleon Bonaparte on May 5, 1821, in exile on the island of Saint Helena. Addressing high school students at the Institute of France, Macron said, “After months of failure, of France besieged, of latent violence, Napoleon discovered how to be the very incarnation of order. To be sure, Macron still hangs on to the trappings of the Republic and democratic rule. Napoleon, Macron said, “reestablished slavery that the Convention had abolished in 1794. Amid the mounting threats of a coup from the French military, Macron’s speech must be taken as a political warning.
Macron government shifts further right after far-right generals’ coup threats
       
Amid a series of far-right threats from active-duty and retired military officers in France, the Macron government has adopted a policy of silence and conciliation toward the far-right coup plotters. The government has made clear that there will be no legal repercussions for an open threat of a military coup. And would the state be the only one not able to use them?”This underscores an essential political reality of Macron’s response to the coup threats. After the publication of the second letter, Lecointre wrote a conciliatory public letter to the anonymous signatories. Were the coup plotters to take his advice, they would be effectively constituting a public, far-right tendency made up of former officers with close ties to the French general staff.
Anger mounts in Turkey at Israel’s onslaught against Gaza
       
As Israel’s ongoing onslaught on Palestinians in East Jerusalem and Gaza provokes mass anger in Turkey, it is also exposing the hypocrisy of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government led by President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an over the plight of the Palestinian people. (Photo: IHH via AP)Over the past week, thousands of people in many cities of Turkey have protested against Israel’s attacks on the Al-Aqsa mosque in East Jerusalem and subsequent air strikes in Gaza. President Erdo?an called Israel a “terror state” last Saturday, after Israeli police stormed the Al-Aqsa mosque, and urged all Muslim countries and the “international community” to take “effective” measures against Tel Aviv. Although diplomatic relations between Turkey and Israel have been reduced to the level of chargé d’affaires since 2018, Turkish President Erdo?an declared last December that “Turkey wants to improve its relations with Israel. The allies of the Palestinian people against the military onslaught they face are not this or that reactionary bourgeois regime in the region, but the working class in Israel, Turkey, Iran and all over the world.
End of CDC masking guidelines aimed at “normalizing” death
       
The global death toll stands at more than 3.3 million. A recent study by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation estimated that the actual death toll is over 900,000—a figure greater than any war in US history. Instead of claiming to be stopping the spread of the disease, mass death from COVID-19 is being “normalized.” The pandemic will continue. It is from this awful calculus that the slogan emerges, “The cure can’t be worse than the disease.”In the past five months, the death toll has doubled. However, the US death toll remains and between 600 and 700 a day.
Previously deleted video shows fascist Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene harassing Representative Ocasio-Cortez’s congressional office in 2019
       
On Wednesday, fascist Georgia Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene threatened New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, falsely accusing Ocasio-Cortez of supporting terrorism due to her support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Unable to open the door, Greene and her entourage proceeded to taunt and harass Ocasio-Cortez’s staff, who were apparently inside at the time. In the video, which was deleted by Greene from her Facebook page but saved by CNN, Greene is observed walking up to Ocasio-Cortez’s office, narrating as she goes. Cortez.” After arriving at Ocasio-Cortez’s locked office, Greene and her associates proceed to vandalize her guest book with antisocialist propaganda, while taunting her staff through the mail slot of the locked door. Aguero participated in the storming of the US Capitol on January 6, declaring in a since deleted YouTube video: “A message was sent.
Johnson authorises neutered Covid-19 inquiry as Indian mutation surge takes first lives in Britain
       
Prime Minister Boris Johnson was forced to call a public inquiry into his government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, a murderous herd immunity programme that has claimed more than 150,000 lives. Boris Johnson announcing the Covid-19 public inquiry (credit: screen capture Parliament TV)The government’s system underestimates COVID deaths but even its toll of 127,668 is the fifth highest of all countries. The Times noted that “the average public inquiry takes two and a half years,” but others inquiries have taken much longer. Just as with Grenfell, the COVID inquiry is to be held under the Inquiries Act 2005. This would lead to the NHS being unable to cope, as it struggled to treat 3,800 covid cases a day at the height of January’s surge.
EU powers back Israeli war on Gaza, banning anti-war protests
       
European Union (EU) governments are endorsing the Israeli bombing of the Gaza Strip. The Israeli military is bombing the Gaza Strip and boasting of assassinating Palestinian military commanders, who can reply only with a few crude rockets. In less than 15 years, the Gaza Strip has seen three bloody wars. The Association of Palestinians of Île-de-France, which is organizing the Paris protest, condemned Darmanin’s ban. The EU governments’ response to the Israeli onslaught on Gaza, including their banning of legitimate public protests, is a serious political warning.
Israel wages war on Gaza and its own cities
       
This massive firepower forced residents in northern Gaza to flee their homes and take shelter in Gaza city. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)According to Israel Defense Forces (IDF), this was aimed at more than 150 underground targets, including a tunnel network, in northern Gaza. Of the 1,700 primitive missiles launched from Gaza, most either fall inside Gaza or are intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome all-weather air defense system. Israel claimed its tanks fired warning shots toward rioters, some waving Hezbollah flags, who crossed into Israel. Protests against Israel’s war on Gaza have been held across the world with an international day of protest in support of the Palestinians planned for today, Saturday.
AOC reacts to rift with 'deeply unwell' Rep. Marjorie Taylor-Green
       
Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reacts to being confronted on Capitol Hill by Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene calling her 'deeply unwell' as questions persist over whether Rep. Greene will be punished for the confrontation. Juanita Tolliver and Matt K. Lewis join to discuss.
California governor proposes $2 billion in wildfire preparedness spending
       
The sum would be on top of about $3 billion in annual base funding for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said deputy state fire marshal Lynne Tolmachoff. The extra $2 billion would be shared with the state Office of Emergency Services and the California Military Department, she said. Tolmachoff said it would also go toward hiring hand crews after Covid-19 and lower incarceration rates reduced the number of hands from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Newsom, who is facing a recall election challenge, has a $76 billion budget surplus to work with. Dargan, of the California Fire Safe Council, praised Newsom for a proposed budget she said "really acknowledges this is a long game."
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Middle East violence a foreign policy challenge for Biden
       
The growing violence between Israeli and Hamas shows no sign of slowing leaving many world leaders concerned the clashes could turn ti war. What could this mean for the Biden administration? MSNBC's Brian Williams discusses with Eugene Daniels of POLITICO and veteran Middle East journalist Janine Zacharia.
Gaetz 'wingman' Greenberg to plead guilty and cooperate
       
Joel Greenberg agreed to plead guilty to sex trafficking and to cooperate with the federal investigators who've been probing GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz. MSNBC's Brian Williams discusses with Chuck Rosenberg.
Carolyn Hax: It's not a group decision whether or when to have kids
       
Hi, Carolyn: I'm in my early 30s and a lot of my friends have kids or will very soon. I want kids someday, but it still feels years in the future, and I guess I'm wondering what's wrong with me that I still feel so unready for something they are apparently ready for. I mean ready in the emotional/mental sense, not financially. I have a fantastic partner and make a good living, but I just don't feel like I'm in the mind-set to put someone else's needs first under all circumstances. And I like my free weekends and my brunches!
Miss Manners: Must I tip when I’m just buying groceries?
       
Or -- and this may be the most likely solution -- you may get their agreement to keep them at your house, as they probably already have everything they need for the baby back home. Then your grandchild will have lovely things at your house when they come visit. If your local friends notice that the presents are still with you, you may always say that solutions A and B are still in process.
Ask Amy: ‘Lunch ladies’ serve extra portions of kindness
       
You should frame this as a conversation, versus a confrontation, and you should express your concern within the context of how it has affected your relationship: “I believe you have a big problem, and it has really interfered with our cousin-relationship. I don’t feel comfortable with your behavior. I honestly think you need professional help, because we were both taught that stealing is wrong, and yet you do it, anyway.”
Palestinians flee fearing Israeli ground troops as violence escalates
       
More airstrikes, rockets, and clashes between Israelis and Palestinians has led to a climbing death toll as violence continues to spiral out of control. Former Jerusalem Bureau Chief for the Washington Post Janine Zacharia joins to discuss.
12 Influencers Are Behind Most Anti-Vax Hoaxes On Social Media, Surprising Research Reveals
       
Startling research has revealed that only a dozen people are responsible for most of the hoaxes and lies about COVID-19 vaccines on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The “Disinformation Dozen” produce 65% of the shares of anti-vaccine misinformation on social media platforms, concluded the nonprofit Center for Countering Digital Hate. In a follow-up report Thursday, the organization called on social media platforms to take more decisive action to eradicate dangerous misinformation about the vaccines. “Big Tech’s failure to act on the Disinformation Dozen resulted in 105 pieces of vaccine disinformation being viewed up to 29 million times in the past month,” the update said. The social media companies have been reluctant to banish them but have cracked down in other ways by labeling posts as misleading, removing outright lies and banning some repeat offenders.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy Slights Joe Biden For Needing 5 Hours Of Sleep A Night
       
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) likely shocked typical humans Friday when he dinged President Joe Biden for apparently requiring at least five hours of sleep a night. McCarthy was attempting to make a point about Biden’s energy compared to Donald Trump’s as he scoffed about sleep requirements. It’s not known how many hours a night Biden sleeps. “At no time, having known Joe Biden for quite some time, does he have the energy of Donald Trump,” McCarthy told Sean Hannity on Fox News. “Donald Trump didn’t need to sleep five hours a night.”"But at no time, having known Joe Biden for quite some time, does he have the energy of Donald Trump.
26 Of The Funniest Tweets About Cats And Dogs This Week (May 8-14)
       
Each week at HuffPost, we scour Twitter to find the funniest posts about our furballs being complete goofballs. They’re sure to make you howl. (And if you want some more, no need to beg. Check out last week’s batch right here.)
GOP making it harder to ‘participate in democracy,’ says MI election official
       
Michigan’s Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says the rush by Republicans to pass voter suppression bills has resulted in “really bad election policy across the country.” After the “highly accessible” elections of 2020, Benson tells Ali Velshi “there’s nothing about these bills that make elections any more secure, but there’s a whole lot of data to show these policies will make it a lot more difficult for people to vote.”
Doctor: ‘Vaccines are protecting us from severe disease’
       
Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, an infectious diseases physician, joins Ali Velshi to discuss the effectiveness of the COVID vaccines in protecting vaccinated Americans and new CDC guidance on mask mandates for vaccinated people.
Rand Paul baselessly claims masks and distancing did nothing
       
On FOX News, Sen. Rand Paul claimed only vaccines can stop the spread of Covid-19 and not social distancing or face masks. We asked MSNBC Medical contributor Dr. Kavita Patel for her take.
'It's not just Greenberg.': Prosecutors building thorough case around Gaetz associate
       
Michael Schmidt, Washington correspondent for the New York Times, talks with Rachel Maddow about the considerable evidence prosecutors in the Joe Greenberg case appear to be amassing, as demonstrated in the sizable plea agreement Greenberg has accepted.
The Juarez family is reunited, thanks to President Biden and 11-year-old Estela
       
Alejandra Juarez was deported to Mexico in 2018 under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy, leaving behind her husband and daughter, Pamela. Three years after her family was separated, they are reunited – thanks in large part to the efforts of Alejandra’s youngest daughter, 11-year-old Estela.
Good news and bad news for Gaetz as associate takes plea deal (and the good news is bad)
       
Rachel Maddow looks at the new details in the enduringly gross case of Joel Greenberg, associate of Donald Trump acolyte Rep. Matt Gaetz, and explains why Greenberg's new plea deal is bad news for Gaetz for what it contains, but also for how it treats Greenberg as a witness.
Family looking for answers nearly 30 years after parents Carl and Jessie Stabb were killed at Wampsville, New York home
       
Sunday dinners with the family were a staple at the home of Carl and Jessie Stabb in Wampsville, New York. Two of their daughters told Dateline those dinners were some of their fondest memories growing up, a tradition that continues with their own families. “I’ll never forget that feeling.”Joan is one of 10 children born to her parents, Carl and Jessie. Carl and Jessie Stabb had been shot to death, Investigator Timothy Dougherty confirmed to Dateline. Dougherty told Dateline that there is currently a person of interest in the case, but no further details were provided due to the ongoing investigation.
Remember the ‘deepfake cheerleader mom’? Prosecutors now admit they can’t prove fake-video claims.
       
The Post had been asking prosecutors since March to provide it with any video or images entered as evidence in the case, but they had always declined to do so. As recently as Tuesday, Weintraub had told The Post that prosecutors “still have some evidence to gather from outside sources, and are trying to make arrangements for the defendant’s expert to view and analyze the phone.”
Embattled George Washington University president faces renewed scrutiny after faculty survey
       
“The president has some vision and structure in the covid-19 crisis, but it seems to be mostly about the finances and corporatization of the university rather than about the academic mission and the people at the university,” one professor wrote. “The president also appears agile, but mostly in the sense that he will shoot first and ask questions later.”
Shorthanded Wizards top Cavaliers to secure a spot in NBA play-in
       
They finally got a double-digit lead when Westbrook sent the ball flying across the top of the key to find Garrison Mathews for a three and the guard drew a foul to make it a four-point play. From there, Gill, an NBA rookie after cutting his teeth in the EuroLeague, stepped in with the poise of a veteran to grab a rebound on a missed three from Mathews, draw a foul then draw another on the next play to send Washington into the fourth quarter with a 15-point lead.
WHO chief urges wealthy countries to share doses before vaccinating kids
       
New Zealand opened up quarantine-free travel with Australia in April, some 400 days after they both closed their borders to most international travelers, a tough stance that has contributed in large part to their success in quashing the coronavirus. Not all Pacific countries have fared as well. Fiji is entering a lockdown from late Friday after it recorded more than two dozen cases this week.
Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg nears return, set for Sunday rehab start
       
Yet with Lester healthy and with Strasburg nearing his return, the bullpen has to make space for Fedde, who is out of minor league options and can’t be designated for assignment without going on waivers. That would give other teams a chance to scoop him up. The Nationals wanted to avoid that in late March and almost certainly will look to again. Austin Voth, who also is out of options, has earned a fixed spot as a reliever. That means Kyle Finnegan or lefty Sam Clay could get squeezed to the minors.
A stormy weather pattern set to return to central U.S.
       
Arguably more problematic will be the odds of flooding, which will extend well east of the Plains and into parts of the Midwest and the South. Storms each day may have a tendency to merge at night, racing east and dumping a quick inch or two of rain along the way. That will be an issue for places that see multiple waves of storms over the course of several days.
Australian destroyer arrived in San Diego with 2 dead whales stuck to its hull
       
(CNN) Two dead endangered whales were dislodged from the hull of an Australian destroyer after the warship docked in San Diego last weekend, according to the Royal Australian Navy. The whales were found near HMAS Sydney, which berthed in Naval Base San Diego, the principal home port of the US Navy's Pacific Fleet. "The Navy takes marine mammal safety seriously and is disheartened this incident occurred," a statement from the Australian navy said. CNN affiliate 10News in San Diego reported the dead mammals were fin whales, the world's second-largest whale species, behind only blue whales. One was 65 feet (about 20 meters) long and the other about 25 feet (7.6 meters), the report said.
Paul Miller Suing Titans for Allegedly Being Fired While on Leave for COVID-19
       
AP Photo/James KenneyPaul Miller, who used to work as a sports field assistant for the Tennessee Titans, is reportedly suing the team after he was fired during the COVID-19 pandemic. The FFCRA requires employers to give two weeks of paid sick leave if employees were diagnosed with COVID-19. Miller said he tested positive for the virus Nov. 11 but was fired nine days later while he was on paid sick leave and quarantining. The Associated Press (h/t Daily Herald) noted Miller wants to retain back pay, damages, attorneys' fees and his job with the lawsuit. "We are reviewing the complaint, but can't comment further on pending litigation at this time," the Titans said in a statement.
China lands a rover on Mars, state media says
       
(CNN) China has successfully landed its rover on Mars, according to state media, becoming the second country in history to have a rover on the red planet. The rover, Zhurong, named after a god of fire in Chinese mythology, landed Saturday morning at the pre-selected area in Utopia Planitia on Mars, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency. The six-wheel solar-powered Zhurong rover weighs about 240 kilograms (529 pounds) and carries six scientific instruments. The Tianwen-1 Mars orbiter will relay its signal to the rover during its mission and then conduct a global survey of the planet for one Martian year. The probe has spent three months in orbit reconnoitering the landing area before releasing the rover to the surface.
California governor proposes $2 billion in wildfire preparedness spending
       
The sum would be on top of about $3 billion in annual base funding for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said deputy state fire marshal Lynne Tolmachoff. The extra $2 billion would be shared with the state Office of Emergency Services and the California Military Department, she said. Tolmachoff said it would also go toward hiring hand crews after Covid-19 and lower incarceration rates reduced the number of hands from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Newsom, who is facing a recall election challenge, has a $76 billion budget surplus to work with. Dargan, of the California Fire Safe Council, praised Newsom for a proposed budget she said "really acknowledges this is a long game."
Video shows South Carolina deputies repeatedly tasing Black man before he dies in jail
       
Officials in South Carolina on Friday released hours of body-worn camera footage and details about the final hours of the life of Jamal Sutherland, a Black man who died in January after he was pepper-sprayed and electroshocked with a taser in his jail cell. He said the city police department did its job delivering Sutherland "safely" from the facility to the jail. The next morning, Charleston County sheriff's deputies attempted to remove Sutherland from his cell for a bond hearing. In the video, two sheriff's deputies are outside Sutherland's jail cell and one deploys a taser, or stun gun, and appears to use it repeatedly as Sutherland cries out in pain and writhes on the floor. Statement from Sheriff Kristin Graziano regarding release of video to the news media in the Jan. 5 death of Jamal Sutherland at the Detention Center.
Hope for repairing Trump, DeJoy damage to post office as new board members are seated
       
Rachel Maddow reviews the damaging impact of Louis DeJoy as postmaster general under Donald Trump and talks with Amber McReynlods, a newly confirmed, Biden-nominated member of the USPS board of governors about her hopes for the future of U.S. mail and improving service for Americans who rely on it.
Federal arraignment set for 3 ex-cops charged with violating George Floyd's civil rights
       
MINNEAPOLIS — Three former Minneapolis police officers charged with violating George Floyd’s civil rights are scheduled to be arraigned in federal court in July, with a trial date to be determined. Last week, a federal grand jury indicted the former officers, along with Derek Chauvin, for allegedly willfully violating Floyd’s rights. It wasn’t immediately clear why he is not a part of Friday’s scheduling order, but he has not yet made an initial appearance on the federal charges. The federal indictment alleges Chauvin violated Floyd’s right to be free from unreasonable seizure and unreasonable force by a police officer. It charges Thao and Kueng with violating Floyd’s right to be free from unreasonable seizure by not intervening to stop Chauvin as he knelt on Floyd’s neck.
Italy is reopening to American travelers — on Delta
       
“The way forward would appear to be a vaccination for travelers,” Del Monte said in an email. “While I think travelers could expect to be tested, and that may be what some countries want to restore normal travel, in a short period of time, it’s more likely that countries will require proof of vaccination for entry.”
Biden hires Neera Tanden into the White House
       
She apologized for her tweets in her confirmation hearing, but after Manchin said he would vote against her, she had no viable path for confirmation. Tanden is the only Biden nominee so far who has failed to be confirmed, and her withdrawal marked one of Biden’s few political setbacks in his first 100 days.
African speculative fiction is finally getting its due. Let’s talk about books to seek out.
       
I feel like we’ve barely scratched the surface. African literature is huge and diverse — from the Francophone works of West Africa to the Arabic powerhouses of Egypt and North Africa, not to mention such classic authors as Ngugi wa Thiong’o, who wrote primarily in the Gikuyu language. I am not sure I can claim Ng?g? as a fantasist, exactly, but with novels like “Wizard of the Crow” and “Devil on the Cross” he must be counted as one of the continent’s great writers. And we haven’t even mentioned local imprints, such as Umuzi in South Africa, which publish great genre fiction not available elsewhere. All I can say is that it’s an exciting time for speculative fiction from Africa.
Covid-19 live updates WHO chief urges wealthy countries to share doses before vaccinating kids
       
The upheaval created by the coronavirus pandemic led to an increase in the number of homes purchased for multigenerational households, which rose to 15 percent between April and June 2020, according to the National Association of Realtors. That represents the highest percentage of multigenerational homes since NAR began tracking the trend in 2012 after the Great Recession and was up from 11 percent between July 2019 and March 2020.
Tesla Autopilot system was on during fatal California crash, adding to self-driving safety concerns
       
In mid-April, a Tesla crashed into a tree in a suburb outside of Houston, and it took firefighters four hours to put out flames fueled by the car’s battery pack. When the fire was out, they concluded that neither of the car’s two occupants had been in the driver’s seat at the time of the crash. A Tesla executive later broke with that official account and claimed that a person had been in the driver’s seat. A National Transportation Safety Board spokesman later said Tesla was “working with” the investigation but is “not a party” to it, a break with typical procedure that suggests a strained relationship between Tesla and regulators.
Federal trial for former officers charged in George Floyd’s killing set for August
       
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In West Bank, deadly clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces open new flash point
       
In cities like Jenin, Nablus and Tulkarem, Palestinians poured into the streets early Friday following reports that Israel had accelerated its bombardment of Gaza. The conflict, which shows no sign of abating, has so far resulted in the deaths of 126 people in Gaza and nine in Israel, with hundreds more injured.
After CDC change, Walmart says employees, customers can ditch masks
       
Masks will no longer be required for fully vaccinated Walmart employees or customers starting Tuesday, the retailer said one day after federal health officials changed guidance on face coverings. In a memo Friday, the nation's largest retail chain also announced a $75 bonus for employees who are or get vaccinated against COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this week that those fully vaccinated no longer need to wear masks in most settings, including indoors. Masks are still required in some other settings, like at airports and on planes and other forms of public transportation. Another chain, Publix, said it would no longer require masks for the vaccinated starting Saturday.
Veteran space journalist Jay Barbree, who covered more than 160 missions, dies at 87
       
Space journalist Jay Barbree died Friday in Florida. Barbree began covering NASA in 1957 when the space agency was struggling with a series of humiliating rocket explosions. In 1958, Barbree joined NBC News and began a storied career that would span 61 years. He went on to cover every human space mission to leave U.S. soil, beginning with Alan Shepherd’s Freedom 7 flight in 1961, until the last space shuttle mission in 2011. Along the way, he authored several books focusing on NASA and the space race, including "Moon Shot" and "Live from Cape Canaveral: Covering the Space Race from Sputnik to Today."
After CDC change, Walmart says employees, customers can ditch masks
       
The pharmacy chain Walgreens, which does vaccinations and testing for the disease, is keeping its mask rules in place. Target, Gap and Home Depot also were among the companies keeping their mask rules unchanged for the time being. State, local and business rules on masks still apply, and the CDC guidance does not change that. Ralph Northam said Friday that the state's mask mandate would be lifted at midnight, but they will still be required in schools. Phil Murphy said his state was keeping the mask rules for public settings for now.
‘Truth matters’: Rep. Cicilline moves to censure GOP reps ‘downplaying’ Jan. 6
       
“When you have members of Congress who are repeating falsehoods and mischaracterizations about the violent and bloody insurrection that occurred on January 6, it’s very dangerous,” says Rep. Cicilline on his resolution to censure the GOP House members who continue to defend the attack on the Capitol.
Democrats Move Closer to Setting Up Jan. 6 Commission, With or Without G.O.P.
       
But Republican leaders in the House and Senate did not immediately say whether they would support it. A spokesman for Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Senate Republican leader, declined to comment. That would force G.O.P. Republican leaders have not yet endorsed the spending measure either, calling it premature. But Democrats believe holding a prompt vote will force G.O.P.
N.Y.C. Mayoral Candidates Keep Focus on Crime After a Feisty Debate
       
Ms. Garcia, a former sanitation commissioner, staked out a middle ground on Thursday, saying, “We do need to respond when the M.T.A. says we need more cops in the subway. That does not mean we’re not sending mental health professionals into the subway as well.”Mr. Adams and Mr. Yang have opposed “defunding” the police, and on Thursday night Mr. Adams repeated his call for a reinstituted unit of plainclothes police officers to target gang activity in the city. “?We have to deal with intervention,” he said, “and stop the flow of guns into the city,” adding, “We have to deal with this real, pervasive handgun problem.”In one of the debate’s fiercer exchanges, Ms. Wiley called Mr. Adams an apologist for stop-and-frisk policing. That prompted him to counter that he was actually a “leading voice against the abuse of stop-and-frisk” and that Ms. Wiley had showed a “failure of understanding law enforcement.”
Israeli-Palestinian Strife Widens as Frantic Calls for Calm Go Unheeded
       
CAIRO — Violence between Israelis and Palestinians expanded in new directions on Friday, with deadly clashes convulsing the occupied West Bank and anti-Israeli protests erupting along Israel’s borders with two Arab neighbors. The widening sense of mayhem in Israel and the Palestinian territories came as Israeli airstrikes brought mass evacuations and funerals to Gaza, and as Hamas rockets singed Israeli towns for a fifth consecutive day. Hamas and Israeli officials signaled they were open to discussing a cease-fire amid global calls for peace and frantic diplomacy aimed at heading off a further fracturing in one of the Middle East’s most intractable struggles. But the violence, which has metastasized with startling velocity compared with previous Israeli-Palestinian conflicts, was finding new footholds and threatening the veneer of Israeli society in ways not seen before.
In Israel’s Rising Violence, Ripples From 1948
       
On the afternoon of July 11, 1948, regiments of the newly formed state of Israel advanced toward the village of Lydda. The year before, United Nations investigators had visited what was then British-controlled Palestine and declared that Jews and native Palestinians could not peacefully coexist. The U.N. passed a plan to partition the territory between an independent Palestine and a newly formed Israel. Six months later, in May 1948, neighboring Arab states rejected the U.N. plan as colonial theft and invaded to prevent its execution. Two months later, Israeli forces arrived at Lydda with the town posing a dilemma for their newly formed state.
Iran crafted a nuclear bomb design in 2003 that was nearly entirely homemade, book says
       
Iran has denied seeking nuclear weapons and has alleged that at least some of the documents in the stolen trove are forgeries. But U.S. intelligence agencies have long believed that Iran operated a covert weapons program until 2003. The decision to suspend the effort followed revelations that Iran was building a secret uranium-enrichment plant near the city of Natanz. Another factor may have been the U.S. invasion of Iraq in March of that year.
MetroAccess contract dispatchers strike over wages, raising concerns over disruptions for the disabled
       
“There are thousands of riders a day and people use MetroAccess all across the DMV to get to work, to go to the doctor, to get groceries, to do all the things that are required to be able to live in the community,” said Carol Tyson, a longtime advocate now at the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund.
WFT continues secondary overhaul by agreeing to one-year deal with ex-Dolphin Bobby McCain
       
He started 55 of his 87 games with the Dolphins and totaled 242 tackles and 30 passes defended, including seven interceptions. He also had one forced fumble and four sacks, and he was a team captain in 2019 and 2020. Miami released him last week after it drafted safety Jevon Holland in the second round, and McCain was in Washington for a visit four days later.
Opinion : The Jan. 6 commission should make it harder for Republicans to twist the truth
       
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Opinion : Trump killed the old GOP — and he’s getting away with the murder
       
Again, Nixon couldn’t have gotten away with something like that. The U.S. senator for whom I worked for four years, Charles McC. Mathias Jr. ), was about as popular with Nixon as Cheney is with Trump. Mathias, a vocal opponent of two of Nixon’s Supreme Court nominees — G. Harrold Carswell and Clement F. Haynsworth Jr. — was also a Vietnam War opponent, a key sponsor of civil rights and campaign finance laws, an early and outspoken critic of Watergate, and an earner of a place on Nixon’s ”enemies list.”
Midori’s career started with a fleeting moment. It’s evolved into a lasting legacy.
       
Midori’s most consequential debut came five years before her name-making triumph at Tanglewood — when in 1981, she appeared at the Aspen Music Festival at the invitation of acclaimed instructor Dorothy DeLay (who had heard a tape of her performing at age 8). This led to maestro Zubin Mehta inviting her to perform as a surprise 11-year-old soloist with the New York Philharmonic for its New Year’s Eve concert in 1982 (where she took on the first movement of Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with ease).
Opinion : Why I’m trying to shut down an underwater oil pipeline that threatens the Great Lakes
       
For decades, few people even realized that the dual pipelines passed through the Straits. But catastrophic oil spills have since alerted millions of Americans to the enormous potential dangers. In Michigan, the turning point might have been in 2010. In April of that year, the deadly disaster of the BP Deepwater Horizon drilling rig poured millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico; three months later, an Enbridge pipeline in Michigan, Line 6B, ruptured, sending hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil gushing into a creek feeding the Kalamazoo River, near Marshall, Mich. It was one of the largest inland oil spills in U.S. history.
Five myths about obesity
       
But the most up-to-date research indicates that the causes of obesity are complex and cannot be explained solely by calories in and out based on diet and exercise. Calorie absorption, or energy derived from consumed food, varies among individuals, and is determined not only by portion size at mealtime but also by factors such as gut microbes, hormones, digestive enzymes and nerve signals. When it comes to burning calories, metabolism is a major player. And there is growing evidence that genetics, sleep deprivation, medications, stress and even the environment a person was exposed to in utero can contribute to unhealthy weight gain.
The WNBA’s 25th season will showcase a league that isn’t backing down
       
Before the coronavirus took over our lives, the players and owners negotiated a game-changing new collective bargaining agreement that enhanced player salaries and did much to bring the league closer to becoming lucrative and supportive enough that players (particularly elite talents) could think twice about going overseas. The WNBA has always been a good option but not necessarily the option. It’s too much, this need to play in multiple leagues and compete almost year-round. The money, amenities and player enticements aren’t perfect, but the new CBA is a pathway to get to ideal. It also builds pressure for the league to create more revenue, and a pandemic hasn’t helped there.
Marjorie Taylor Greene’s years-long campaign to disparage and attack Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
       
“I’m a woman. I’m a female business owner, and I’m proud to be an American woman. And I do not support your socialist policies and I do not support your murderous abortion policies. As a mother of three children, I’m appalled at New York’s law for abortion and it needs to end and it needs to stop now. So you need to stop being a baby and stop locking your door and come out and face the American citizens that you serve.
On kids and masks, I'm following my gut (opinion)
       
The views expressed in this commentary are solely hers. View more opinion articles on CNN. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has liberated Americans who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 from our masks. Indoors and out, in most situations, we can finally roam face out again. Except now that vaccinated adults and teens can revel in their rediscovered lower faces, we still don't know what to do about our kids.
New CDC mask guidance could be a big boost for Disney parks
       
However, the unit received news Thursday that could give Disney's parks a much-needed boost. Starbucks SBUX According to Niles, the mask guidance matters more to Disney tourists than it does to customers at Walmart orbecause of the length of time they have to wear a mask. This issue could further complicate matters as Disney parks adjust their rules as the pandemic evolves. "The safety of children is probably the biggest issue that's going to affect the success of the Disney theme parks going forward. They've got to find a way to make parents feel comfortable bringing their kids to a Disney theme park."
Public health experts: Why we're going to keep wearing our masks (Opinion)
       
David Holtgrave, Ph.D., is the dean of the University at Albany School of Public Health and a SUNY distinguished professor. Eli Rosenberg, Ph.D. is an associate professor of epidemiology at the University at Albany School of Public Health. The new guidance was too certain and too declarative to be a public health message we can take to the bank. Fifth, the public health message would have been much stronger if it had been tied to a specific milestone. A central mistake in public health is easing infectious disease control efforts just before crossing the finish line.
New CDC mask guidance: Send us your questions or concerns about going back to the office
       
The latest word from the CDC is that people who are fully vaccinated no longer have to wear masks indoors or outdoors, except in certain circumstances. That surprise shift in guidance this week also has raised a lot of questions for everyone, including those who have been contemplating a return to the office after months of working from home. Let us know what questions or concerns you have now about going back to the office, whether you're fully vaccinated or not.
CDC facing formidable challenges in convincing conservatives to get Covid-19 vaccines
       
When did any of this become a partisan issue," a third federal official said. "This is an unprecedented and complex public health challenge," wrote Jason McDonald, the agency spokesman. A 'rift' between conservatives and the CDCThe relationship between the CDC and conservatives may have been doomed from the start of the pandemic. "If you agreed with public health, you disagreed with keeping America open." A federal official said while it might tip the scales for some conservatives, many others will not be swayed.
Most states require parental consent for Covid-19 shots for ages 12 to 15, but not all. Here's the list.
       
(CNN) Nearly all states require some form of parental or guardian consent for vaccine providers to administer Covid-19 shots to people ages 12 to 15, a CNN analysis finds. CNN reached out to all 50 states about their laws regarding parental consent to vaccinate people ages 12 to 15. Expanding authorization to people 12 to 15 opened Covid-19 vaccination to another 5% of the US population, nearly 17 million more people. In a couple of states CNN contacted, Alabama and Tennessee , teens 14 and older can be vaccinated without needing parental consent. "As a pediatrician, this is certainly not a new issue," Costello told CNN about parental consent.
Wait, does this mean the pandemic is over for vaccinated people?
       
"If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic," CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said in a White House briefing. One caveat to note: People with compromised immune systems should consult with their doctor before going without a mask, even if fully vaccinated, the CDC saidAs of Thursday, almost 36% of Americans were fully vaccinated, with almost 46% of adults fully vaccinated. "If you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic," the CDC says in its guidelines. Fully vaccinated residents of long-term care facilities and their visitors may visit in a private room without masks, according to Cristina Crawford, senior manager of public affairs for the American Health Care Association. If the CDC's announcement isn't enough to move people to get vaccinated, here's another reason: Cleveland Clinic said Thursday that more than 99% of people with Covid-19 in its hospitals from January 1 and mid-April were not fully vaccinated.
What's the science behind CDC's decision to say fully vaccinated people don't need masks?
       
"This report provided the most compelling information to date that COVID-19 vaccines were performing as expected in the real world," Walensky said in a statement Friday. "COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing COVID-19 disease, especially severe illness and death," CDC says on i ts new web page describing guidance for the fully vaccinated. "COVID-19 vaccines reduce the risk of people spreading COVID-19." In theory, if only fully vaccinated people went mask-free, there should be little risk of the virus spreading. Back in April, when the CDC said fully vaccinated people should still wear masks inside when around other people, the agency did note that encouraging people to get vaccinated might be a legitimate factor in changing guidance.
World’s cartoonists on this week’s events
       
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The world’s most powerful local paper
       
The world’s most powerful local paper Presented byWith help from Allie Bice and Daniel PayneWelcome to POLITICO’s West Wing Playbook, your guide to the people and power centers in the Biden administration. To this day, President JOE BIDEN still gets the paper edition of Delaware’s The News Journal delivered to his home in Wilmington. Like many local papers, Delaware’s leading paper is a skeleton of its former self. Its staffing is way down, the paper version is thinner, and print circulation is a fraction of past highs. SHANNON RICCHETTI, whose father, STEVE RICCHETTI, is a top Biden aide, is deputy associate director of the White House social secretary.
Cutting-edge coronavirus antibody drugs get their day in Europe
       
Press play to listen to this article Voiced by Amazon PollyOne by one, some EU countries are finally getting their hands on potentially life-saving coronavirus drugs that were first used in the U.S. last year. Monoclonal antibodies therapy is derived from COVID-19 survivors’ own antibodies and designed to fight the infection just as the natural immune system would. There's just one big unanswered question: When will the EU drugs regulator give the green light? But that guidance means that only EU countries with the legal means to authorize them for emergency use can access them — and not all countries have the laws to allow this. Data submitted to the FDA showed it reduced hospitalization or death by 85 percent in adult COVID-19 patients at high risk of hospitalization.
Belgium’s truckers’ rights puzzle
       
Now, Belgium has said it will support Malta's challenge of one part of the Mobility Package — despite being an enthusiastic backer of the overall legislation. During that cooling-off time, truckers can’t return for more work within the same country. Belgium's challenging straddleUnder pressure from cheap competition on longer distances, Belgian companies have specialized in short-haul operations in neighboring countries. "Belgium is, and remains, a strong supporter of the Mobility Package," said Peeters. The cooling-off measure "is a protectionist measure and not a social measure" and scrapping it won't affect the package's "other important social achievements," she argued.
Rep. Eric Swalwell Blew His Top When Marjorie Taylor Greene's Aide Told Him To Remove Mask
       
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) blew up at Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s spokesperson Friday after the aide told him to remove his mask seconds after he stepped off the House floor, where masks are required. Greene’s spokesperson Nick Dyer told a reporter for The Hill that Swalwell told him: “You don’t tell me what to fucking do.”Swalwell said in a tweet that “no one should be bullied for wearing a mask. — ToutdeSuiteLaSinner (@ToutSuiteSinner) May 14, 2021House of Representatives keeps indoor mask wearing policy because of number of unvaccinated Reps. That is the context. — Tom (@TomBalawejder) May 14, 2021Note: Nancy Pelosi has not lifted the mask mandate on the House floor. — Chris Lu (@ChrisLu44) May 14, 2021People will decide to continue wearing masks for various reasons.
Biden revokes Trump order on immigrants' health care costs
       
"People who come here shouldn’t immediately be on public assistance," a senior Trump administration told POLITICO at the time. In March, the Biden administration said it would no longer defend the rule, which was facing legal challenges. The Biden administration also recently ended a Trump policy that had prevented undocumented college students from getting federal pandemic relief grants for items like food and housing. The Biden administration has called for a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented people and so-called Dreamers. When Biden took office, he almost immediately signed an executive order ending Trump’s so-called Muslim ban that barred travel from several Muslim-majority countries.
Why the Yankees should bench Covid tests
       
Why the Yankees should bench Covid testsWith help from Dan Goldberg and Tyler WeyantEIGHT MEN OUT — The New York Yankees confirmed eight cases of Covid this week, with shortstop Gleyber Torres being the first player sidelined by the positive result. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine, talked with Nightly about why this may have happened and what it means for the future of Covid testing. I think the other, though, and this gets to a more profound question about Covid testing in sports, where we may see a change in guidelines. What I hope is the CDC will issue some new guidelines, sooner rather than later, about halting routine testing in vaccinated individuals. Some may have had the virus already, some consider the risks of catching Covid to be minimal, while others are just unmotivated.
Zachary Quinto, Billy Porter To Voice Gay Dads On New Disney+ Series
       
Getty Images Actors Zachary Quinto (left) and Billy Porter will provide voices for "The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder." “The Proud Family” is going to look a lot more diverse when it returns next year. “The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder,” slated for a 2022 release, will star Zachary Quinto and Billy Porter as Randall and Barry Leibowitz-Jenkins. “The Proud Family” was hailed as a culturally inclusive milestone for children’s entertainment when it premiered on the Disney Channel in 2001. Last year, Disney+ announced that most of the original “Proud Family” cast would return for the reboot.
Still buddies? Mideast violence tests Biden and Netanyahu’s friendship
       
“I signed a picture for Bibi a long time ago,” Biden, using Netanyahu’s nickname, told the audience in fall 2014, according to a media account. Even as Obama faced hostility from Netanyahu, Biden managed to keep his relations with the Israeli leader from souring. In due course, Obama turned to Biden to reach out to Jewish or pro-Israel organizations to talk about sensitive issues like the Iran nuclear deal. But Biden aides who also previously worked for Obama have not been so quick to forget Netanyahu’s slights. Biden also has been trying to rejoin the Iran nuclear deal, a lingering point of friction with Netanyahu.
Greece reopens tourism to Americans
       
Vaccinated Americans or those with a negative PCR test are now free to travel to Greece, no quarantine required.
Man receives first Covid-to-Covid double lung transplant
       
After months on a ventilator, Renato Aquino became the first known Covid-19 patient to receive a “Covid-to-Covid double lung transplant” in the U.S. Now he’s looking forward to the future with his family.
‘Maximum pressure’: NY prosecutors work to flip Trump money man
       
New York prosecutors subpoenaed records from a Manhattan private school seeking information about tuition payments that Trump made on behalf of his key money man, the Trump Organization’s CFO Allen Weisselberg. Prosecutors are examining whether the Weisselbergs evaded taxes on the payments. MSNBC’s Chief Legal Correspondent Ari Melber is joined by former SDNY prosecutor Danya Perry and former U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance to explain what this means for Trump.
Chris Hayes: GOP is moderating on policy, radicalizing against democracy
       
"The fidelity of the Republicans to the anti-democratic forces, the willingness to throw out an election out—that is the defining feature. That is the litmus test. That is the big vote—nothing else," says Chris Hayes, discussing what the Stefanik leadership vote says about the modern GOP.
DACA Recipients Were 'Candid' With Biden About 'High Stakes' Of Immigration Reform
       
President Joe Biden met with six recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program at the White House, where the young people expressed the urgent need for permanent protections for all undocumented immigrants. Biden has been pushing several immigration bills in Congress: one to provide permanent resident status to Dreamers and others to provide a path to citizenship for farmworkers and other undocumented immigrants. However, immigration reform efforts passed by the Democratic-led House face tough odds in the closely divided Senate. NEA member and special ed teacher @KarenInATX_ sheds a tear in disbelief after meeting with President Biden at White House. #DACA @BeckyPringle https://t.co/V6apY2phq6 — NEA Public Relations (@NEAMedia) May 14, 2021
Mighty Mighty Bosstones' George Floyd Tribute Horrifies Twitter Users
       
A Mighty Mighty Bosstones song purportedly written as a tribute to George Floyd is leaving a lot of people perturbed by its lack of sensitivity. Meanwhile, Twitter users weren’t exactly singing the praises of the song. Seeing that clip of that mighty mighty bosstones song reaffirmed my hatred of skaLike who possibly thought that was a good idea ????? — It Looks Sad. (@itlookssad) May 14, 2021I saw half of a 23 second clip of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones song about George Floyd and i'm gonna go ahead and just try to erase that from my mind right now. — Carla Jean Lauter ? (@beerbabe) May 14, 2021Saw that Gen X was trending and thought you guys were blaming my whole generation for the new Mighty Mighty Bosstones song pic.twitter.com/QGkPdh6Odn — Tim Molloy (@TimAMolloy) May 14, 2021if you share that mighty mighty bosstones george floyd record to the timeline i will put you in concrete and send you to the lord — Vince Diesel (@SlimiHendrix) May 14, 2021
Palestinian forcibly removed from neighborhood: ‘I’ll always find my way back home’
       
Violence continues to escalate at the border of Israel and the Gaza strip, more than 100 Palestinians and eight Israelis have been killed in the violence including dozens of children. Mohammed El-Kurd, a Palestinian forcibly removed from his neighborhood, told Joy, “I managed to get back home, I’ll always find my way back home.”
Neera Tanden, Biden's former budget chief pick, to join White House as senior adviser
       
WASHINGTON — Neera Tanden, whose nomination to lead the Office of Management and Budget was derailed by bipartisan opposition in the Senate, will become a senior adviser to President Joe Biden, two White House officials told NBC News on Friday. Tanden will also launch a review of the United States Digital Service, which the White House says has a crucial mission of making government accessible to the American people online. The White House withdrew Tanden's nomination to lead OMB in March. "I have accepted Neera Tanden's request to withdraw her name from nomination for Director of the Office of Management and Budget," Biden said in a statement at the time. “Neera’s intellect, tenacity, and political savvy will be an asset to the Biden administration as she assumes a new role as Senior Advisor to the President," he said.
Joy Reid: ‘The GOP's attempt to cover up the crisis within their party’
       
The House reached a bipartisan agreement about the commission to investigate the 1/6 insurrection. Joy Reid on House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s “concerns” about the new commission: “Kevin doesn't want to testify, under oath perhaps, about the reported shouting match he had with Trump while that attack was underway.”
‘This shows how important our infrastructure is’: Sec. Pete Buttigieg on the Colonial Pipeline Company cyber attack
       
A U.S. official confirmed that the Colonial Pipeline Company paid eastern European hackers nearly $5 million in ransom after a cyber hack halted gas services through 5000 miles of pipeline. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg joined Joy to discuss gas shortages, and our nation’s infrastructure.
Ally of MAGA Rep. Gaetz to cooperate and plead guilty to sex crimes
       
In a major breakthrough in the federal sex crime probe involving Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz, his associate Joel Greenberg is now not only pleading guilty, but planning on cooperating with federal investigators. MSNBC’s Chief Legal Correspondent Ari Melber is joined by former SDNY prosecutor Danya Perry and former U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance to discuss why this could be bad news for Gaetz. He denies all allegations and has not been charged.
How Botanical Oils Won Over the West
       
The less available the oils are, the more expensive and coveted they become; rarity is ever chic. No one knows how many trees are left or how much more they can take, DeCarlo says. DeCarlo doesn’t want to halt the trade in frankincense, which would deprive many Somalis of a livelihood. Sometimes, she says, she crushes a little resin in a cup, adds hot water and drinks it straight. She smiles as she says it, and as she does, you can see it in her face: the glow.
At Last: Hugs
       
One of the hardest parts of the pandemic has been keeping a distance, for more than a year, from close friends and family. But this spring, as infections dropped and vaccination numbers increased, New Yorkers — mothers and daughters, grandparents and grandchildren, co-workers and good friends — made plans to reunite. We were there as they embraced for the first time in a long time.
Federal Mask Retreat Sets Off Confusing Scramble for States and Cities
       
SAN ANTONIO — Minnesota’s statewide mask mandate is over. But in Minneapolis, the state’s largest city, face coverings are still required. In Michigan, Kentucky and Oregon, governors cheerily told vaccinated people that they could go out maskless. But mask mandates remained in force for New Yorkers, New Jerseyans and Californians. Across the country, governors, store owners and people running errands were scrambling on Friday to make sense of the abrupt change in federal guidelines, which said fully vaccinated people could now safely go most places, indoors or outdoors, without a mask.
Why the C.D.C. Changed Its Advice on Masks
       
Advice from federal health officials that fully vaccinated people could drop their masks in most settings came as a surprise to Americans, from state officials to scientific experts. Even the White House got less than a day’s notice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the press secretary, Jen Psaki, said at a news briefing on Friday. “The C.D.C., the doctors and medical experts there, are the ones who determined what this guidance would be based on their own data, and what the timeline would be,” Ms. Psaki said. “That was not a decision directed by or made by the White House.”For months, federal officials have vigorously warned that wearing masks and social distancing were necessary to contain the pandemic. Introducing the new recommendations on Thursday, Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, the C.D.C.
Pipeline Attack Yields Urgent Lessons About U.S. Cybersecurity
       
For years, government officials and industry executives have run elaborate simulations of a targeted cyberattack on the power grid or gas pipelines in the United States, imagining how the country would respond. But when the real, this-is-not-a-drill moment arrived, it didn’t look anything like the war games. The attacker was not a terror group or a hostile state like Russia, China or Iran, as had been assumed in the simulations. The goal was not to disrupt the economy by taking a pipeline offline but to hold corporate data for ransom. What happened next was a vivid example of the difference between tabletop simulations and the cascade of consequences that can follow even a relatively unsophisticated attack.
DarkSide, Blamed for Gas Pipeline Attack, Says It Is Shutting Down
       
The criminal hacking group DarkSide, which the F.B.I. has blamed for carrying out a ransomware attack that crippled fuel delivery across the Southeastern United States this week, has announced that it is shutting down because of unspecified “pressure” from the United States. In a statement written in Russian and provided to The New York Times on Friday by the cybersecurity firm Intel 471, DarkSide said it had lost access to the public-facing portion of its online system, including its blog and payment server, as well as funds that it said had been withdrawn to an unknown account. It said the group’s main web page and other public-facing resources would go offline within 48 hours. “Due to the pressure from the U.S., the affiliate program is closed,” the statement said, referring to intermediary hackers, the so-called affiliates, it works with to break into corporate computer systems.
Masks, Israel, Tim Duncan: Your Friday Evening Briefing
       
An abrupt change on mask guidance has set off a confusing scramble in states and cities. But in Minneapolis, the state’s largest city, face coverings are still required. In Michigan, Kentucky and Oregon, governors said fully vaccinated people would be able to go out maskless. But in New York, New Jersey and California, mask mandates remained in force for everyone, at least for now. Just because faces — smiles and all — are set to become a more common sight, it doesn’t mean you can always ditch the mask.
Opinion : Elon Musk and bitcoin’s chicken-and-egg problem
       
It seems safe to say that most folks who are holding a lot of bitcoin — say, the kind of money you might drop on an $80,000-plus Tesla Model S — are betting that bitcoin will become much more valuable in the future. That is, of course, true of a lot of assets, from urban real estate to Tesla stock. But scarcity is not, in itself, enough to create value. The execrable novel I wrote when I was 23 is very scarce — there is exactly one copy. For a scarce resource to be worth a fortune, you need your scarce thing to someday be in high demand.
Republican chairman of Arizona county calls state-led election review ‘dangerous’ as tensions rise over 2020 recount
       
Republicans in Congress this week ousted Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) from a conference leadership position over her insistence on calling out the danger of Trump’s falsehoods. Cheney has made clear that she plans to continue to press the case that indulging false claims about the election could lead to more violence like that seen on Jan. 6 at the U.S. Capitol, when a pro-Trump mob disrupted the counting of the electoral votes by Congress.
Delta Air Lines says new employees must be vaccinated for the coronavirus
       
Several airline executives have spoken about the role vaccines will play in the travel industry’s recovery. In January, United Airlines chief executive Scott Kirby said he thought companies should make vaccines mandatory for employees, “because I have confidence in the safety of the vaccine — and I recognize it’s controversial — I think the right thing to do is for United Airlines, and for other companies, to require the vaccines and to make them mandatory,” he told employees.
Cicadas are increasing in D.C. area and are poised to erupt next week
       
While cicadas are emerging here and there, chilly temperatures this week have somewhat held them back. Most nights have seen temperatures dip to near 50 in urban areas and in the 40s in our cooler spots. Day time highs have mostly hovered in the 60s to near 70.
Covid-19 live updates WHO chief urges wealthy countries to share doses before vaccinating kids
       
Under current regulations, those traveling to Australia from India must produce two negative test results before boarding repatriation flights such as the one in question, which was bound for Darwin. O’Farrell said that while news of passengers being unable to fly was “disappointing,” all travelers had been made aware of the stringent measures in place to ensure the highly contagious variant identified in India was not brought into Australia — where virus transmission is negligible.
Black Retired NFL Players Petition for End of 'Race-Norming' in $1B Settlement
       
The Associated Press (h/t ESPN) reported the news on the petition, which says that the league is using a "race-norming" technique that is shortchanging Black players' settlements. 'Race norming' was first used by the Carter Administration and then further implemented and extended by Reagan in 1981 (RINO!) Again, the purpose of 'race norming' was actually to counteract racial bias in aptitude tests. As the AP noted, most of the 20,000 men who have retired from the NFL are Black. "Because every Black retired NFL player has to perform lower on the test to qualify for an award than every white player.
Derek Jeter Sells Tampa Mansion He Rented to Tom Brady for Around $22.5 Million
       
Mark Brown/Getty ImagesNew York Yankees legend and Miami Marlins CEO Derek Jeter has sold his massive Tampa mansion for a record sum. According to TMZ Sports, Jeter and his wife, Hannah Jeter, sold the 22,000-square-foot home for $22.5 million after initially listing it for $29 million in September. Real estate company Smith & Associates said the $22.5 million purchase price was the highest ever for a home in Tampa. Jeter rented the home to Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady and his wife, Gisele Bundchen, after Brady left the New England Patriots to sign with the Bucs last year. Per Spotrac, Jeter earned over $266 million in salary during his MLB career.
Liz Cheney: We've had a collapse of truth in this country
       
Wyoming Republican Rep. Liz Cheney, whose criticism of former President Donald Trump led to her being ousted from House Republican leadership, said that her role as a member of Congress obligated her to oppose the widespread lie of fraud in the 2020 election.
David Axelrod: I'm sharing my father's story to help end a stigma (opinion)
       
A police officer, standing in a darkened foyer, asking my name and, as tenderly as he could, sharing devastating news. He was always there to help me through my struggles, but almost never hinted at his own. The very stigma that caused my reluctance to talk about my father's suicide may be why, in part, he failed to seek help. Yates received an outpouring of responses after her moving testimonial -- from people seeking help or comfort or simply expressing gratitude. But by sharing our stories, perhaps we can encourage others to seek the help that eluded our fathers.
Massage Therapist Robyn Bassani Denies Targeting Ohio State Football Players for Sex
       
AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, FileMassage therapist Robyn Bassani denied the allegations she is facing following an investigation into her treatment of Ohio State football players. On Thursday, Ohio State released a statement saying the State Medical Board of Ohio "investigated an independent massage therapist who engaged in inappropriate and exploitative behavior targeting members of the Ohio State football team." The statement said the medical board had revoked Bassani's license permanently. Bassani spoke with 10TV in Columbus, Ohio, and said she did have sexual relationships with players but that she did not initiate them. The investigators from Barnes & Thornburg spoke to 117 former and current players, 44 coaches and staff members, and Bassani.
Opinion: Whatever happened to Jared Kushner's peace plan?
       
(CNN) Last year, former President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unveiled their peace plan for the Middle East at the White House. Now, 16 months later, the question that begs to be asked is whether that plan has worked at all. (However, the plan did allow Israel to annex its existing West Bank settlements -- in violation of international law.) JUST WATCHED What is the West Bank and why is it important? Replay More Videos ... MUST WATCH What is the West Bank and why is it important?
How a 'Top Chef' star became a powerful voice against anti-Asian hate
       
When the pandemic hit, chef and reality TV star Shirley Chung quickly pivoted her restaurant business to manage through the crisis. Dealing with anti-Asian hate was another matter. “Everything that was happening was hitting so close to our hearts,” the 44-year-old said of herself and the chef community in Los Angeles. In March, Chung took part in the LA Food Gang fundraiser, Let’s Eat Together, which raised almost $60,000 for struggling AAPI restaurants. A portion of the proceeds will go to nonprofit Off Their Plate, which will then engage struggling Asian restaurants to make meals for AAPI organizations.
Israel bombing Gaza to stop Hamas rockets shows why its U.S. military aid should end
       
For decades, billions of dollars in American military aid to Israel has been justified as necessary to help an underdog nation stave off an array of powerful foes threatening its survival. In fact, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has promoted the purchase of three more submarines from Germany without any U.S. financing despite the Israeli military saying it didn’t need them. Israel’s military might now easily surpasses that of its neighbors, let alone an isolated nonstate entity like Hamas. Today Israel can defend itself just fine and acquire whatever American weapons it needs without an annual check from Uncle Sam. Today Israel can defend itself just fine and acquire whatever American weapons it needs without an annual check from Uncle Sam.
Facebook tightens grip on WhatsApp user data as U.S. lags on privacy
       
WhatsApp and Facebook have long exchanged valuable metadata — “data about the data,” as Trahan put it — which offers insight into consumers’ behavior and is extremely important for advertisers. Those cases, which allege that Facebook bought WhatsApp to prevent it from growing into a rival that would siphon off its users, are seeking to force Facebook to spin off WhatsApp and Instagram. Brazil and the European Union are also pursuing action against Facebook related to WhatsApp’s handling of user data. Congress’ continued failure to pass federal data privacy legislation — stalled by sticking points that are far from being resolved — has given Facebook and other tech companies room to set their own standards. Some experts have described such a technique as “nagging”, “confirm-shaming” or “user intimidation.”“Consumers get worn down by this,” Lior Strahilevitz, a University of Chicago law professor who focuses on data privacy, said at a recent FTC workshop.
Rep. Liz Cheney Says She 'Regrets The Vote' For Donald Trump
       
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) said she regrets voting for former President Donald Trump in November. “I was never going to support Joe Biden, and I do regret the vote,” Cheney told ABC News on Friday. Four months after the election, Trump and Republican lawmakers continue to spread “the big lie” that the 2020 election was stolen. Earlier this week, Republican lawmakers attempted to rewrite history on the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by portraying the rioters as victims.
Biden admin discussed using military fuel stockpile, National Guard to respond to Colonial Pipeline hack
       
WASHINGTON — Before Colonial Pipeline Co. announced Wednesday it would restart operations, the Biden administration discussed calling in the U.S. military to help. The Colonial Pipeline shutdown was the result of one of the most disruptive cyberattacks in history, halting fuel deliveries along the East Coast and leading to widespread panic buying and empty pumps. Jonathan Drake / ReutersIn a statement, a Pentagon spokesperson said, "The president has not directed the Department of Defense to assist with gas shortages in relation to the Colonial Pipeline shutdown." "Earlier this week, President Biden directed a whole of government response to address the impacts of the Colonial Pipeline shutdown. Colonial Pipeline operates the country’s largest fuel pipeline, supplying near half of the fuel consumed on the East Coast.
Attorney Marc Elias thinks the one thing a modern Republican can’t be ‘is in favor of voting rights’
       
Marc Elias, Democracy Docket founder and voting rights attorney, joins Nicolle Wallace to discuss reporting of a leaked video that reveals how dark money in Washington is driving many of the efforts underway across this country that limit access to the ballot box.
Facebook meets with Israeli and Palestinian officials to discuss online hate speech, threats as violence escalates
       
"In response to the violence, we are working to make sure our services are a safe place for our community," Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone said. The company confirmed that it will dispatch Azzam Alameddin, Facebook's public policy director for the Middle East and North Africa region, to its online meeting with the Palestinian Authority. TikTok executives also participated in the meeting with Gantz, and a company spokesperson said it already removed content in the region that violates its policies against violence, hate speech and hateful behavior. Google's YouTube did not immediately respond to requests for comment about whether it had plans to meet with Israeli or Palestinian officials. "Israeli forces are forcing families from their homes during Ramadan and inflicting violence," said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).
Neera Tanden lands in the White House, after all
       
Tanden's appointment as senior adviser reflects a White House that is adamant about her being a vital player to their operations. Tanden will hold various duties in the White House but her focus will be handling any potential fallout from Republican lawsuits challenging the Affordable Care Act at the Supreme Court. After Tanden withdrew, the White House named Shalanda Young, an African American woman whom the Congressional Black Caucus had rallied around, as OMB director. Several sources say the White House has indicated to them that Young’s role is likely to become permanent. “I am exceptionally thrilled to see her step into a new position serving this White House and the American people."
Gaetz 'wingman' set to plead guilty to trafficking a minor and agrees to cooperate with feds
       
Along with the sex trafficking charge, Greenberg agreed to plead guilty to federal wire fraud, identify theft, bribery and stalking-related charges. The plea deal is the latest sign that Gaetz could be facing serious legal trouble. Federal authorities are investigating whether Gaetz had sex with the same 17-year-old girl that Greenberg is accused of trafficking. Among the charges Greenberg will plead guilty to is falsely accusing a political rival, Brian Beute, of being a pedophile. The remaining charges Greenberg is set to plead guilty are an assortment of public corruption-related crimes, including the misuse of public funds.
States, retail giants lift mask mandates
       
Businesses can still require masks, and the states will have exceptions for public transportation, health care facilities and schools. “Virginians have been doing the right thing, and we're seeing the results,” Northam said in a video on Twitter. In regions with no mask requirements, Costco will now allow customers that have been fully vaccinated to shop without a mask and won't require any proof of vaccination. As for Walmart, fully vaccinated customers will no longer need to wear masks as of Friday in areas without mask mandates, and fully vaccinated Walmart workers won’t need to wear masks starting Tuesday. Both Walmart and Costco will follow local regulations on masks if there are any, the companies said in releases.
'Worst day': Water crisis deepens on California-Oregon line
       
Some other farmers rely on water from a different river, and they will also have a limited supply. “This just couldn’t be worse,” said Klamath Irrigation District president Ty Kliewer. In better water years the pulses of water help keep the river cool and turbulent — conditions that help the fragile species. Less than a decade later, coho salmon that spawn downstream from the reclamation project, in the lower Klamath River, were listed as threatened. The water necessary to sustain the coho salmon downstream comes from Upper Klamath Lake — the main holding tank for the farmers’ irrigation system.
AZ Republic reporter updates Nicolle Wallace on the bizarre Arizona audit
       
Ryan Randazzo, reporter at the Arizona Republic who is covering the GOP-led effort to recount the 2020 ballots in Maricopa County, explains why the auditors are packing up for a week-long break. He also highlights the irony that the auditors’ stated goal is to discredit conspiracy theories, yet they are stirring up their own.
Mississippi Supreme Court overturns voter-approved medical marijuana initiative
       
The Mississippi Supreme Court on Friday struck down a medical marijuana initiative that was approved by voters in November — and the ruling is likely to doom other voter initiatives in the state as well. In a 6-3 ruling, the state's high court held the medical marijuana initiative that passed with 73 percent of the vote in November had to be struck down because of an odd flaw in the state constitution's voter initiative process. "[T]hrough its actions, not only is this particular initiative dead, but so is Mississippi’s citizen initiative process," Justice James Maxwell wrote in his dissent. The marijuana measure, Initiative 65, was opposed by Gov. “The city is pleased that the Supreme Court followed the plain language of the Mississippi Constitution and recognized that, unfortunately, the current voter initiative process is broken.”
Internal document reveals Trump admin strategies to omit undocumented immigrants from census
       
Census officials in the Trump administration prepared a briefing for then-Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross last August on several strategies to exclude undocumented immigrants from the 2020 Census, according to an internal document obtained through a public record request by the nonprofit Campaign Legal Center and provided to NBC News. The order directed Ross, whose agency oversees the census, to provide the president with data about the number of people who are undocumented so that when census officials presented Trump with the final count, he could exclude them. The internal briefing memo includes a strategic analysis on three options that the Census Bureau under Trump considered using to carry out the administration’s plan to exclude undocumented immigrants from the count. In addition, the Census Act prohibits the agency from using sampling methods to determine apportionment. Another option considered was using federal administrative data from other agencies, which the agency has long used to make estimates, but not for purposes of excluding undocumented immigrants.
28 Groups Denounce Facebook’s Plan to Extended Data Collection by Pestering WhatsApp Users, Degrading Features
       
“Despite persistent, international calls to respect people’s privacy, the revised plan still prioritizes Facebook’s exploitative business practices over basic privacy rights,” the groups said. Facebook must immediately stop asking WhatsApp users to accept a degraded privacy policy and should reverse course on this latest move against global communications, the groups maintain. “Facebook’s prospective business model relies on extended data integration between WhatsApp and Facebook to benefit its own bottom line at the expense of user privacy. Facebook appears dedicated to continuing exploiting WhatsApp data to advance its marketing and commercial interests. From all sides, people are demanding that their privacy rights be valued more than big tech profits.
National Coalition Vows to Fight Senate Confirmation of Rahm Emanuel to Become Ambassador to Japan
       
WASHINGTON - Twenty organizations announced Friday that they will launch a nationwide grassroots campaign urging senators to vote against President Biden’s expected nomination of Rahm Emanuel to be the U.S. ambassador to Japan. The announcement followed reports earlier this week that Biden has decided to nominate Emanuel, the former Chicago mayor who has been denounced by activists challenging police brutality. “We are appalled at the reported plans to nominate Rahm Emanuel as ambassador to Japan,” the statement said. Emanuel possesses none of those qualifications.”The groups emphasized that “Emanuel’s disgraceful behavior as mayor of Chicago cannot be erased or ignored. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted: ‘Rahm Emanuel helped cover up the murder of Laquan McDonald.
End the Nakba Now
       
This is remembered as the "Nakba" — Arabic for catastrophe. The militarisation of the Israeli state has now confined them to a series of open-air prisons, in which the Israeli state routinely rehearses its cruel technologies of war—poisoning the soil, contaminating the water, and terrorising the people. Now, as Israel lays siege to Palestinian homes, the solidarity and vigilance of the world have never been more urgent. We, members of the Progressive International, call on the world's progressive forces to march in their millions for Palestinian lives, Palestinian dignity and Palestinian liberation. The time has come to end the Nakba, boycott the apartheid regime, divest from its war machine, and sanction the perpetrators of its crimes.
MoveOn Executive Director Rahna Epting on the Election of Rep. Elise Stefanik as GOP Conference Chair
       
WASHINGTON - Today, Rahna Epting, the executive director of MoveOn, released the following statement on the election of Rep. Elise Stefanik as the GOP’s number three leader:“Republicans have proven yet again this week what many of us have been saying for some time: they are not a serious governing party and shouldn’t be treated as one. They are not pursuing policies or solutions for our nation’s challenges, instead choosing to double down on Trumpism, obstructionism, misinformation, lies and anti-democratic values. Now more than ever, we need leaders in Washington who are committed to addressing longstanding societal inequities by putting people first and fundamentally reimagining the economy. It is clear that Republicans are more interested in lying about the last election and planning to undermine the next one, than doing anything close to that. The Biden Administration must continue to move forward to put the necessary safeguards in place to defend our democracy, and pass the American Jobs Plan and the American Families Plan —and not allow the GOP to play games and continue delaying the solutions we desperately need.”###
More Than 100 Killed as Israel Intensifies Gaza Onslaught
       
Israel pounded the Gaza Strip for the fourth consecutive day on Thursday, with the health ministry in the territory reporting more than 100 killed in the most severe military offensive there since 2014. Palestinian armed groups in Gaza continued to retaliate by firing projectiles towards Israel. Seven people, including a soldier and two children, have been killed in rocket strikes in Israel since Monday. Israel's military reportedly admitted in closed-door meetings that it had underestimated the rate with which Hamas was able to fire rockets and their range capacity. He says security forces shouldn’t worry about investigations or commissions of inquiry.
Hundreds of Jewish New Yorkers to Hold Shabbat at Senator Schumer’s to Demand an End to US Military Funding to Israel
       
WASHINGTON - WHAT: Hundreds of Jewish New Yorkers with Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) will march on Senator Schumer’s home and hold a Shabbat service in protest of his silence as Israel escalates violence against Palestinians. Protesters will demand that Schumer and his colleagues commit to ending U.S. military funding to Israel and call for the cessation of Israel’s violence against Palestinians. BACKGROUND: The Israeli military’s airstrikes on Gaza and Israeli police and mob violence killed at least 119 Palestinians in less than a week. Israel has held Gaza under military siege for 15 years. The United States Congress gives Israel $3.8 million in military aid each year, more than it spends on global climate programs.
Court Directs EPA to Better Protect Children from Lead Hazards in Homes and Schools
       
The lead dust hazard standards, which the Trump Administration updated earlier that year, were too lax to protect families and children from lead-based paint found in older structures. Strengthening the standards will protect millions of children from exposure to dangerous levels of lead dust at their homes and schools.”One of the most common causes of lead poisoning in children is the ingestion of lead dust from deteriorating paint. There is no safe level of lead exposure for children, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Lead-based paint disintegrates over time and contaminates dust throughout homes or schools; lead in soil around these buildings also leads to children’s exposure. Some of the classrooms showed lead levels more than 100 times the standard that EPA adopted.
The Arts and Culture of a Just Transition
       
The answer is in the unknown, but far from colonizing Mars our future lies in our own creative practices rooted in a framework of just transition. As environmental justice group Movement Generation says, transition is inevitable, but justice is not. A just transition means moving towards a regenerative economy, characterized by explicit anti-racist, anti-poverty, feminist, intersectional approaches to living. Next week Mural Arts Philadelphia is dedicating an entire Symposium to conversations at the intersection of art and environmental justice, through a just transition framework. Specifically, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, some cities specifically have intentionally worked with arts and culture organizations like Springboard for the Arts in St. Paul, Minnesota, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, CA in centralizing the essential role of artists, particularly BIPOC artists, in the economic recovery of the City.
What's Missing From Biden’s Climate Agenda?
       
I will introduce it by asking a question: What if, despite all, the net zero 2050 strategy is actually justified? The Global Climate Justice ChallengeBiden's Climate Summit was, as per Sunrise's Evan Weber, "historic, unprecedented, and nowhere near enough." It's harder to communicate the benefits of ramping up international climate finance in those domestic political terms. At a deeper level, the neoliberal economy poses substantive challenges to global climate mobilization, which are no longer difficult to understand. At a deeper level, the neoliberal economy poses substantive challenges to global climate mobilization, which are no longer difficult to understand.
If the Democrats Don't Pick Up the Pace All Could Be Lost
       
The Democrats’ current Senate majority would end with the shift of a single seat from Democrats to the Republicans. In 27 of the 38 Congresses since World War II, the party in control of the Senate has changed during the session. It would be foolish to count on the Democrats increasing their numbers in the Senate or the House in the midterm elections of 2022. The last time a Democratic president has not lost Democratic seats in Congress in his first midterm election was 1934. That means Democrats have to get rid of the Senate filibuster and stop worrying about bipartisanship.
Israel Is Carrying Out Mass Murder, Aided and Abetted by the US
       
The Israel lobby has shamelessly used its immense political clout to demand that Americans take de facto loyalty oaths to Israel. This definition of anti-Semitism is being pushed by the Israel lobby in state legislatures and on college campuses. The radical jihadists need Israel to justify their violence, just as Israel needs the radical jihadists to justify its violence. It permits the ruling elites in Israel, as in the United States, to dismantle civil liberties in the name of national security. There are many parallels between the deformities that grip Israel and the deformities that grip the United States.
The Republican War on Facts and Voting Rights
       
Across the country, voter suppression bills are being rushed through Republican-controlled state legislatures. Georgia and Arizona have already enacted significant voter suppression laws. In Arizona, Republican Governor Doug Ducey just signed a bill that could purge over 100,000 voters from the early mail-in voting list. Florida enacted its voter suppression law, including the ban on providing voters with snacks and water. It would immediately render most of these voter suppression bills illegal.
Shooting Fish in a Barrel: Israel Bombs Palestinian Refugees From Israel in Gaza, 50% Of Them Children
       
Most Gaza rockets only travel 3 to 6 miles, and at that range they just stir up desert sand. The rockets killed Israeli noncombatants, which is terrorism. Nearly two million Palestinians live in the Gaza Strip, roughly the population of Houston inside city limits. About a third of the Gaza population, 600,000, still live in eight refugee camps. The nominal GDP per capita in Palestine is $3000, and those who live in Gaza earn less yet.
On Vaccine Patents, A Light Out of the Darkness
       
US Trade Representative Katherine Tai's statement said that "the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic call for extraordinary measures." They were fighting for the light of a different planet, a world where life is once again valued over profit. Tai's announcement does not mean that vaccine patents will actually be waived. Those demonstrators weren't just protesting vaccine patents. They were calling for a world of light, a world where lifesaving knowledge is freely shared.
Who Funds the Climate Crisis?
       
But for fossil fuel companies, what drives their profit is ownership of carbon in the ground. Less direct, but equally important in propping up the fossil fuel industry are the pension funds, such as California’s CalPERS and CalSTRS. Big pensions funds such as CalPERS and CalSTRS are holding onto passive funds arguing that they can help the fossil fuel industry to become better social actors. And we need to take away the social license of the fossil fuel companies as quickly as we can. Bymoving investments to climate safe pension funds, pressuring J.P. Morgan Chase, the largest funder of the fossil fuel industry and Blackrock, the world’s largest investor in the fossil fuel industry to divest, we can help stop the pipeline of money that is fueling the climate crisis before it’s too late.
Sanders Says Biden Must Pick Ambassador Who Won't Blindly Back Right-Wing Israeli Government
       
"The role of the United States should be to bring the peoples of the region together, not simply to support a right-wing Israeli government." "The role of the United States should be to bring the peoples of the region together, not simply to support a right-wing Israeli government." Jonathan Shrier, a career diplomat, is currently the U.S. chargé d'affaires in Israel, an interim role filling the absence of a permanent ambassador. During a briefing this week, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki vowed that Biden "will nominate a qualified, experienced ambassador to Israel over the coming weeks." "We, members of the Progressive International, call on the world's progressive forces to march in their millions for Palestinian lives, Palestinian dignity, and Palestinian liberation.
Progressives Pressure Senate to Reject Biden Pick of 'Disgraceful' Rahm Emanuel for Japan Ambassador
       
"President Biden is on the verge of making a serious error," the coalition said in a joint statement. "Emanuel's abysmal record as mayor of Chicago disqualifies him to represent the United States in a foreign capital. "Rewarding Rahm Emanuel's cover up of Laquan McDonald's murder with an ambassadorship is not an act that reflects a value of or respect for Black lives." The statement continued:Emanuel's disgraceful behavior as mayor of Chicago cannot be erased or ignored. "Rewarding Rahm Emanuel's cover up of Laquan McDonald's murder with an ambassadorship is not an act that reflects a value of or respect for Black lives."
'Why We Need Medicare for All': GOP Missouri Governor Rejects Ballot Mandate for Medicaid Expansion
       
Mike Parson is facing sharp criticism after he announced he will not expand Medicaid despite voters' approval of such an expansion in a statewide ballot measure last year. Amy Blouin, president and CEO the organization, said that "state after state has shown that Medicaid expansion is an economic benefit for states. #moleg #FullyFundMedicaid — Crystal Quade (@crystal_quade) May 13, 2021"Missouri's constitution is crystal clear: Medicaid expansion must begin on July 1," said Jonathan Schleifer, executive director of The Fairness Project, a groups that has advocating state-level ballot initiatives to expand Medicaid. He also expressed "confidence that litigation will result in Medicaid expansion beginning on time for the 275,000 Missourians who will be eligible for healthcare." "Cancer patients cannot wait for legal battles to access the life-saving coverage that Medicaid expansion provides," Emily Kalmer,Missouri government relations director at American Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network, told the Associated Press.
Ebola Response Veterans Urge WHO to 'Dramatically Expand' Global Covid-19 Vaccine Access
       
“As we learned through the #Ebola pandemic, poverty and geography should not be the determinants of access to life-saving vaccines." But without a global vaccine strategy in place to equally vaccinate people all around the world, Covid-19 mutations could render the current vaccines ineffective. "Right now, there is no other public health matter that is more important than global vaccine equity." "The virus will continue to spread and mutate if we don't institute a global vaccine equity plan," she warned. Waiving intellectual property protections on #COVID19 vaccines will be very important for increasing production capacity and achieving #VaccinEquity.
IDF 'Willfully' Misled Media About Ground Invasion to Lure Gaza Fighters Into Tunnels: Report
       
Instead of a ground invasion, however, Hamas fighters faced another air attack aimed at the so-called "Metro," a network of underground tunnels beneath the Gaza Strip. Gen. Hidai Zilberman claimed the military's reports of a ground invasion directly to the media were not intentional. "To be clear, [International IDF Spokesperson] Jonathan Conricus told me directly, 'there are ground troops in Gaza.' The IDF seems to be willfully misleading foreign press about tonight's assault on northern Gaza, making it seem as though it launched a ground invasion into Gaza. But not a ground invasion.
NFL Denounced for Using Racist Criteria to Avoid Paying Black Retirees in Concussion Settlement
       
—Ken Jenkins, former NFL player"This is classic systemic racism," former NFL player Ken Jenkins told The Hill on Friday. Jenkins was referring to the NFL's decision to use different scales to interpret cognitive functioning among Black and white ex-players. "The doctor did not apply the special scale used to test Black players. Henry and Davenport's legal team, however, said that "a majority of the 20,000 or so retirees are Black. And, given that 70% of the league's players are black, the imperative for raising the diagnostic threshold for black players is unmistakable."
Looming Texas Law Would Allow Anti-Choice 'Vigilantes' to Sue Anyone Who 'Aids or Abets' an Abortion
       
As part of an unprecedented wave of recent GOP attacks on reproductive rights across the United States, Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is expected to sign a bill to not only outlaw ending a pregnancy as early as six weeks, but also allow anti-choice "vigilantes" to sue anyone who "aids or abets" an abortion that violates state law. Texas' Republican-controlled state Legislature on Thursday gave final approval to Senate Bill 8, which Abbott celebrated on Twitter. "Republicans in the Texas Legislature have pushed extreme bills to ban abortion and incentivize people to sue healthcare providers and anyone else who assists a pregnant person seeking abortion care." "Our clinics are open, and we are committed to providing compassionate, professional abortion care in Texas."
'Nothing Is More Beautiful Than Solidarity': Hundreds Mobilize to Stop Arrest of Immigrant Neighbors in Glasgow
       
According to The Guardian, U.K. Immigration Enforcement agents detained the men in the Glasgow neighborhood of Pollokshields early on Thursday morning, leading about 200 of their neighbors to quickly mobilize and demand the men's release. "Nothing is more beautiful than solidarity," Member of Parliament Zarah Sultana said on social media, where she posted a video of the two refugees being released. Deeply moved by the footage of people in Glasgow stopping an immigration raid in its tracks and getting the folks being detained released. “Let them go” community resisting immigration raid in Glasgow right now. Solidarity!
After Deranged Marjorie Taylor Greene Video Emerges, AOC Laments Colleague Who Is 'Deeply Unwell'
       
Watch the clip:New: A since-deleted video from 2019 shows MTG harassing @AOC's office through a locked door. Speaking to reporters outside the U.S. Capitol Friday, Ocasio-Cortez said that she feels Greene is "deeply unwell" and "clearly needs help." "Her kind of fixation has lasted for several years now," the New York Democrat said. Following the vote, Ocasio-Cortez said that removing Greene from congressional panels is not nearly enough. "She must be expelled," said the New York Democrat.
100+ Groups Condemn Israeli Violence in East Jerusalem and Gaza
       
"Israeli state violence is, of course, not limited to Jerusalem. We are horrified by Israel's use of disproportionate and deadly force against Palestinians in Gaza which have already resulted in the killings of dozens of Palestinians, including children." The statement continues:Israeli state violence is, of course, not limited to Jerusalem. We call on the Biden administration to condemn this violence and address its root causes: Israeli blockade and occupation. "We call on the Biden administration to condemn this violence and address its root causes: Israeli blockade and occupation."
May 14, 2021 – Consortiumnews
       
Israel is not exercising “the right to defend itself” in the occupied Palestinian territories. It is carrying out mass murder, aided and abetted by the U.S.Read more ?
US-Made Border Crisis Persists Despite Biden’s About-Face on Refugee Cap
       
Since Trump implemented the Title 42 program on March 20, 2020, more than 630,000 people have been expelled from the United States; 240,00 of them on Biden’s watch. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, signed a letter calling for an end to Title 42. Eighty-one percent of LGBTQ asylum seekers have reported attacks, including rape, kidnapping, trafficking and other violent assaults. CBP used Trump’s March 2020 Title 42 order, which continued the metering program, to turn away almost 13,000 unaccompanied children. “Biden could instruct the CDC to lift the [Title 42] policy,” Phillips suggested.
'Reckoning for Roundup Rolls On': Ninth Circuit Court Upholds Verdict in Case Against Monsanto
       
The 9th Circuit rejected an appeal by Bayer in Hardeman vs. Monsanto, in which Edwin Hardeman accused the company of failing to disclose the dangers glyphosate poses to human health. "Today's appeals court ruling is another reminder the Biden administration should act and revoke the registration of glyphosate immediately." His case was one of several high-profile lawsuits against Monsanto over its use of glyphosate. The Court also properly upheld the reliance on the World Health Organization's classification of glyphosate as a probable carcinogen." "Today's appeals court ruling is another reminder the Biden administration should act and revoke the registration of glyphosate immediately."
Chris Hedges: Israel, the Big Lie
       
Any other starting point for the discussion of what is taking place between Israel and the Palestinians is a lie. The Israel lobby has shamelessly used its immense political clout to demand that Americans take de facto loyalty oaths to Israel. This definition of anti-Semitism is being pushed by the Israel lobby in state legislatures and on college campuses. The radical jihadists need Israel to justify their violence, just as Israel needs the radical jihadists to justify its violence. There are many parallels between the deformities that grip Israel and the deformities that grip the United States.
'Palestinian Lives Matter,' Declares Bernie Sanders in NYT Op-ed
       
"We must recognize that Palestinian rights matter. Palestinian lives matter." https://t.co/vNABZWX5L4 — New York Times Opinion (@nytopinion) May 14, 2021"While Hamas firing rockets into Israeli communities is absolutely unacceptable," Sanders wrote, "today's conflict did not begin with those rockets." We must recognize that Palestinian rights matter. Palestinian lives matter."
The Stakes of Finding COVID-19’s Origins ? Current Affairs
       
Her team goes out into the wild to find bat coronaviruses and bring them to Wuhan for study. There is a giant collection of hundreds of bat coronaviruses there. The U.S. National Institutes of Health funded studies on bat coronaviruses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. These may—or may not—have involved intentionally creating bat coronaviruses that were more easily transmitted to humans. We know that the Wuhan Institute of Virology was involved with gain of function experiments involving bat coronaviruses in the past.
Cartoon: Liz Cheney: Now she’s done it!
       
x Vimeo VideoWhoever thought a Cheney would be a pillar of principle and democracy? Liz Cheney has now lost her leadership role among the Republicans. The crazy Republican party is getting crazier. Liz Cheney may have represented one of the last tiny checks on a party that is ready to go all-in with winning at any cost, including democracy. On another note, if you like my cartoons please consider supporting me on Patreon— your contributions help keep the animation coming!
Gay-Marriage Remarks Spark Cheney Family Feud
       
Gay-Marriage Remarks Spark Cheney Family FeudEnlarge this image toggle caption Matt Young/AP Matt Young/APA family feud between Liz and Mary Cheney, the daughters of former Vice President Dick Cheney, played out in awkward fashion Sunday. Mary Cheney then followed up with a Facebook post of her own. This isn't the first time Mary Cheney has publicly criticized her sister's views on the issue. As for Christmas, the Cheney family will all celebrate together in Wyoming, but Mary Cheney said she "will not be seeing" her sister, The Times reports. Mike Huckabee's daughter, has aired advertisements in Wyoming attacking Cheney for being inconsistent on same-sex marriage.
Outspoken conservative loses job over ‘problematic’ comments
       
For months, Republicans eager to rally around the idea that former president Donald Trump is a great and blameless winner have felt impaired by Cheney, a member of GOP leadership, who has been saying quite the opposite: The congresswoman has continued to point out that the former president lied about there being “widespread voter fraud” in the 2020 presidential election, that the presidency was not stolen from him and that his claims to the contrary led to January’s violent insurrection at the Capitol.
How Liz Cheney and Her Dad Paved the Way for the Big Lie
       
In recent days, Liz Cheney has become the hot celeb of the American media-political world. And two decades ago, another Big Lie was concocted and pushed by a Republican president that resulted in profound (and lethal) consequences. One lesson of the Iraq war is that a big lie can work. Liz Cheney, who was deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern Affairs during this stretch, supported the war—and has defended it ever since. The denialists lost in the swamps of Foxlandia won’t be swayed by a Liz Cheney op-ed.
‘Normal tourist visit’: Republicans recast deadly Jan. 6 attack by pro-Trump mob
       
The comments from several of the Republicans echoed Trump’s alternative reality of what occurred on Jan. 6. In an interview with Fox News in March, Trump said that the attack posed “zero threat” and that his supporters “went in — they shouldn’t have done it — some of them went in, and they’re hugging and kissing the police and the guards, you know? They had great relationships. A lot of the people were waved in, and then they walked in and they walked out.”
WaPo 'journalist': 'Unnecessarily profane' for Rep. Swalwell to respond in kind to QOP fascists
       
I have to rant, because Washington Post “journalist” Seung Min Kim — like many in the elitist mainstream media bubble (“what a century this week has been” ha ha??) Also absolutely unheard of that a staffer, especially a low-level one, would speak to a member this way. How inane and out of touch can the DC press corps possibly be?? This is just the latest example of everything that is dangerously wrong with mainstream media coverage, STILL. On that note, shoutout to 2 of the best people to follow covering this imperative, under-discussed topic — Egberto Willies and Eric Boehlert .
Trump's Golf Report Card
       
x We pay for Obama's travel so he can fundraise millions so Democrats can run on lies. Then we pay for his golf. Obama, who was about as fanatic a golfer as anyone, managed about 150 rounds in a four year stretch. When Trump wasn’t in his WH bedroom tweeting hateposts he was spending 2600 hours away from work and trying to iron out his slice. And now he wants to do it all over again in 2024, he says.
? FP&IE Fri Daily: Around the World: State(s) of ominous tides- coastal wetlands.
       
Globally, tidal wetlands are strongly variable in age and structure. 2015; Nerem et al. 2008; Jackson et al. The experts also mentioned that the intertidal zone attracts many animal species, including invertebrates, fishes, birds, and reptiles as well as several migrating animal species. Top Ten Largest Cities: Tokyo, Japan (coastal) Mexico City, Mexico Mumbai, India (coastal) Sáo Paulo, Brazil New York City, USA (coastal) Shanghai, China (coastal) Lagos, Nigeria (coastal) Los Angeles, USA (coastal) Calcutta, India (coastal) Buenos Aires, Argentina (coastal) In 1999 the world population hit six billion people -- nearly tripling in one century.
TODAY’S POEMS: THE CALYPSOS OF BOKONON.
       
On the creation of Bokononism:I wanted all thingsTo seem to make some sense,So we could all be happy, yes,Instead of tense. And if, on that sad day, you want to scold our God,Why just go ahead and scold Him. The Boko-maru CalypsoWe will touch our feet, yes,Yes, for all we’re worth,And we will love each other, yes,Yes, like we love our Mother Earth. The Fourteenth CalypsoWhen I was youngI was so gay and mean,And I drank and chased the girlsJust like young St. Augustine. Nice, nice, very nice;Nice, nice, very nice;Nice, nice, very nice–So many different peopleIn the same device.
What’s a Conservative To Do?
       
What’s a reasonable Republican going to do? Shouldn’t they speak on behalf of what’s true? Where’s the political home for the true conservative politicianWouldn’t you hate to be in such a stressful position? After all, the election was declared to be fairBiden won it and not only just by a hair. It’s time to work to improve life here…and worldwideAnd take actions that will heal our country’s divide.
GOP and RW media whine about DoJ becoming "politicized again"
       
Susan Hennessey will be senior counsel at the National Security Division of the Justice Department. Looks like the Feds are closing in something, something, because there were definitely multiple obstruction of justice beefs against previous guy during “Russiagate”. And we still don’t know what Russian hackers did with the RNC kompromat, whereas Roger Stone and Mike Flynn’s pardons told us ...something. and the R.N.C., and conspicuously released no documents” from the Republicans, according to the New York Times. It’s unclear what kind of information was stolen from the RNC, and how much of it, just as the motive is unknown.
PWB: Freiday Foolishness
       
Please to enjoy….and I hope to join you for a bit. Seems there are a few “end of quarantine” things that have to be taken care of today. I think I can bearly handle it all! x haha he needs a nap???? https://t.co/Abwls5XAk6 — Patricia??????? (@pattyorchard) May 13, 2021May all yer naps be pleasant ones! It’s not such a bad idea to listen to the raccons….
Bipartisan January 6th Commission Deal Reached?
       
It's breaking that Congressional leaders have reached a consensus for a bipartisan commission to investigate January 6th. Composition: Ten person bipartisan commission with five appointed by Democrats and five appointed by Republicans. Composition Limitations: Commission members cannot be employees or officers in the government. Commission members must have “significant expertise in the areas of law enforcement, civil rights, civil liberties, privacy, intelligence, and cybersecurity.”Leadership: The ten people includes a chairman appointed by Democrats and Vice-Chairman appointed by Republicans. Power: To subpoena if both Chairman and Vice-Chairman agree, or by majority vote of the Commission.
Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day: Bill Cassidy- 2021 Update
       
Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, who if he had his way on healthcare policy, the whole country would be Ill Cassidy. On this date one year ago, “Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day”, first profiled U.S. Now, the public debate on this bill was what really told you everything you needed to know about Bill Cassidy. But that’s Bill Cassidy. And that’s not the only moment where Senator Cassidy chose the side of bigots in our national political discussion.
Why not READ the new CDC update before writing about it?
       
I’ve just wandered through two diaries and numerous comments and noticed one thing. There is a lot of misrepresentation among comments about what the CDC communicated and neither diary actually cared to inform Kossacks about the new guidelines with text or link. Check the original at CDC for a visual aid, for more info, or more updates. So for example, just one point I get out of the update, is the very first sentence. No one gets free license to do whatever they want based upon the CDC alone.
Media Bias Chart Pretty Hard on DK
       
Is the position of DK on this chart accurate? No diary here, just a question for the community. Is it fair to say, as this chart does, that Daily Kos suffers from being “selective, incomplete, unfair, persuasion, propaganda, or other issues“? Maybe this could be true for some contributors in the community, but the DK professional staff, and many in the community, seem to me to be pretty fact-based. According to this chart, DK has less news value than Breitbart or the New York Post!
POINT OF NO RETURN
       
But when an economic system requires a supporting faith, it has stopped keeping its useful promise of better conditions for all. American society, from its beginnings exclusive to white men with property, has grown for nearly two-and-a-half centuries, to now include all of us. But there is no windup machine that will permanently endow liberty and justice for all, considering everyone’s subjective perceptions of liberty and justice. The single exception I can think of is WWII, when liberty and justice were under brutal assault. On a national level, the return of social planning has become quite a popular idea in 2021, but so is resistance to it.
Genius level silliness: the Floppotron! Hear "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Beat It," and "Take On Me" anew!
       
Get the details of the origin of the Floppotron (and the brilliant inventor) here (I recommend enjoying the videos first): FloppotronRe: the songs, I don’t know which of these I like better, though “Beat It” has the added feature of the lyrics that I’ve never seen them before (I was impressed). OTOH, “Bohemian Rhapsody” has been a favorite for a looooong time! And, today, I have a whole new appreciation for “Take On Me.”There are several others on YouTube and I’ve been impressed by all of them. In fact, I’m sitting at my desk rocking out right now! x YouTube Videox YouTube Video
Poetry Friday: “So Many Are Missing” and "I'm thinking about capitalism"
       
“So Many Are Missing”In a time of maximum disruptionideological corruptionpanegyric promotionIn this state of uncertain thoughtspoliticians boughtdisruption wroughtIn a period of uncertaintysearching eternallydispatching modernityIn this nightmare of mysteryscouring historymaximum injuryIn this time of storytellinguncertainty repellingNot for the years that will passNot for the rivers that will flowNot for the subways that will be filledNot for the buses that will not be stilledAnd the dead will be goneAnd the people will move onAnd there will be memorial servicesAnd families will finally bury their deadIn this time of storytellingUncertainty compellingCamus' Myth of SisyphusMarx's capitalist surplusSkinny obituariesUncelebrated visionariesSingle moms, teachers, grocery clerks, sanitation workers, farmworkersAmerica’s authentic healersUnfurling narratives of politics and artBromidic sermons keeping us apartNot for the cars that will crowd the bridgesNot for the games that will be playedNot for the children in the streetsNot for the theaters that will turn on its lightsNot for restaurants that will reopenNot for the grocery stores that will be restockedNot for the leaves that will multiply on our treesNot for gardens where flowers will bloom againNot for the PR machine that will implore us to return to normalNot for politicians that will argueNot for reason that will be abandonedSo many are missingSo many are missing+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++“I’m thinking about capitalism”
Too angry to swear. The world is not an open sewer.
       
la décharge sauvageIt’s one of the crimes that the victim is held immediately responsible for the crime. I am talking about la décharge sauvage [English: Fly-tipping, American: Fly dumping]. We have been at our small farm [our retirement plan] for fifteen years now and every year it gets worse. I would love that it was returned to their damn yard and even pay for the extra gas to do so. The world is not your trash can, please treat it better.
Insurrectionists baffled by how to respond to new CDC guidelines
       
Hilarity pervades while the Q Cult and the Ambulatory Snortlaugh Former Guy tries to figure out how to respond to new CDC guidelines, which allows fully vaccinated people to forego masks in most circumstances. If you don’t have a mask on, you might be either a democracy denier OR a vaccinated liberal. Tonight on Tucker Carlson: Joe Biden has unleashed a secret campaign to remove face masks from liberal immigrant lovers so we can’t identify them anymore. So if you see anyone NOT wearing a mask, make sure you call the cops. How am I supposed to be able to tell who to hate in this country I love so much?
Jen Psaki rebuked reporter: Less worried about press conferences & political games being played.
       
Jen Psaki put another reporter into a stutter as yet again another right-wing hack comes unprepared to a White House press conference. It was yet again Jen Psaki at her best, poised as she challenged another silly question from a likely Right-Wing leaning reporter. “What do you say to those who are criticizing the president and vice-president,” the Right-Wing reporter asked. Jen Psaki could not help but smirk. Jen Psaki updated the uninformed reporter on the progress the Biden administration had made.
Running for Virginia attorney general: 'You couldn't get Democrats to speak up until we did!'
       
My feeling was, I worked really hard to get elected attorney general, and I had four years to know what the future was going to hold. That work, AG Herring says, is why the office of the attorney general in a single state can be so consequential, even nationally. I haven’t decided who I’m voting for for attorney general this year, but I can promise you Mark Herring will get my serious consideration. And if you are a Virginia voter, he absolutely deserves yours, too. Read the full, unexcerpted interview with Attorney General Herring here.
VA-AG: Full transcript of interview with Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring
       
KELLEN SQUIRE: Okay, Attorney General Herring, thank you for taking the time to answer some questions. VIRGINIA ATTORNEY GENERAL MARK HERRING: Well, I am the new guard. When I took office, Republicans had been abusing the Office of the Attorney General like it was their own personal law firm. KS: To close things out, I have to know: Why is now the time for Mark Herring to be reelected attorney general? I know there's a lot there, but that’s just some of the things that need to be addressed by the attorney general.
Pay To Play
       
Over the years, venues that host live music have become more and more exploitative of these musicians to the point that many barely pay them now, if at all. I’ve been playing music semi-professionally in clubs and bars for decades, since I was a young adult. Live music venues here continued to become more and more scarce. The few who actually want to see the bands pay a modest cover charge of around five to ten dollars. And that was largely built on musicians being able to play live, develop their craft, and innovate.
"Who needs Twitter when you've got Sitter?"
       
Donald Trump launches his new social media site“Now you too can get the morning scoop from Leader Dearest Himself! Seats are limited and going fast so don’t miss your chance.”
I am Masked and Fully Vaccinated
       
I had my second shot 21 days later, and I am well past the two-week waiting period to be considered fully vaccinated. President Joe Biden yesterday, using the guidance of the CDC told the public that wearing a mask inside and out was no longer necessary if you are fully vaccinated. "If you have been fully vaccinated, you no longer need to wear a mask. Let me repeat, if you are fully vaccinated, you no longer need to wear a mask," said Biden. I am with you Joe, but I will stay masked up until a vaccination passport is required.
Interview: Bill Kristol admonishes his GOP, Jen Psaki neuters reporter, Deranged Rep. Greene
       
Conservative Bill Kristol provides a revealing interview about his party. Jen Psaki neuters another unprepared reporter. Jen Psaki put another reporter into a stutter as yet again another right-wing hack comes unprepared to a White House press conference. put another reporter into a stutter as yet again another right-wing hack comes unprepared to a White House press conference. Please join our YouTube channel to get the numbers up to open up some more features and reach more folks.
Let's Grow Our Climate Action Impact! Here's How to Frame It!
       
Let's grow our climate action impact! The "Grow Your Impact" PDF is a new example of our work together. To see our latest suggestions for frames that respond to fast breaking news, please check our Metaphor Project pages on Twitter and The Metaphor Project on Facebook. Follow Susan on Twitter @SusanCStrong, on The Metaphor Project on Facebook, and check out her TEDx talk too. Tony Kay, kdzin.tonykayart.com, is a member of the Why Facts Matter Collective and designer of the "Grow Your Impact" PDF.
Street Prophets Friday: Before and After
       
Well, that weekend, #1 Son and I managed to get some of the pile cut into manageable lengths and stacked in the barn. By Sunday we’d had enough, but there’s at least 3 more weekends worth of logs left to cut and split. Mrs the Werelynx cut some of the grass and topped off my new planter box with the cuttings. Tina Turner, Beyonce, and Marko the WerelynxOh, I guess I get in line just like the rest of these people. Off down another long corridor I came into the belly of the arena where perhaps 20 vaccination stations were set up.
the monumental TV Series released today on Amazon Prime
       
The Underground Railroad, the much awaited 10-part TV series directed by Barry Jenkins, was released today on Amazon Prime. The TV series is based on the critically acclaimed historical fiction novel by Colson Whitehead “The Underground Railroad” published in 2016. The sounds and score of the TV series, composed by Nicholas Britell, has won much praise and accolades. EpilogueThe full TV series is available on Amazon Prime. I have not watched the TV series yet, but I plan to watch all 10 episodes, slowly and methodically.
Morning Digest: Oklahoma kicks off redistricting cycle with new maps, but there are problems aplenty
       
And now, because these premature maps had to rely on older population estimates collected through a Census Bureau survey program, they're ripe to invite litigation. That problem is likely to be exacerbated when looking at the smaller geographies necessary to cobble together electoral districts. Senate? AZ-Sen: Local pollster OH Predictive Insights has offered up a new survey pitting Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly against a variety of potential Republican opponents, some more likely than others. ? NM-01: Republican state Sen. Mark Moores' latest ad goes after Democratic state Rep. Melanie Stansbury on police reform, complete with horror movie-style sound effects of a woman screaming. The race pits conservative activist Susan Wright, the widow of the late Rep. Ron Wright, against state Rep. Jake Ellzey.
When our Protests are not Peaceful
       
But our once peaceful protests, are being hijacked by those with ulterior motives. And get the answer to the question, who are the real vandals of these peaceful protests? [Ratified 12/15/1791]”I thought it important to take a look at some peaceful protests of the past and their outcome. Here are a few examples of peaceful protests, which led to positive social and political changes. Why are certain protests being targeted, like in BLM protests?
Go Ahead and Defund the Police
       
But I am hesitant to echo the “defund the police” mantra that is being put forward by many progressives today. Defund the police? How do they think defund the police is going to play with moderate voters in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and North Carolina? They don’t want to hear anything about defunding the police.”“Yeah, I think you’re right about that.”“You know what “defund the police” means to moderate democrats and republicans? That’s what moderates think about when they hear defund the police.”“Ha.
'It felt like a miracle': Mom reunites with family in U.S. three years after deportation
       
pic.twitter.com/CXkfFZbQ3q — FWD.us (@FWDus) May 12, 2021Now reunited, the family shared their experience in an interview with MSNBC’s Alicia Menendez, where Juarez called their years-long separation “the most painful moment that I have gone through and probably will go through. After this, nothing will be harder than that.” They were joined in that interview by Rep. Soto, who urged the need for permanent relief for the family. “[O]ur fight is not over until Alejandra is granted permanent stay and all separated families are brought back together,” Soto said in his statement from last weekend. Congress must pass a pathway to keep families like mine together...My family remains at risk of being separated again." For more than 30 years, politicians have talked about immigration reform and we’ve done nothing about it.
Biden won a majority of Minnesota Senate districts, but Democrats failed to flip the chamber in 2020
       
This state of affairs has given Republicans and their new allies a 36-31 edge in the chamber. But Sparks' seat would have been a very difficult hold regardless: Trump won it 55-43, so it's very possible some of those votes for Becvar would have gone to Dornink instead. Democrats were able to maintain their majority in the Minnesota House, but their edge slipped from 75-59 to 70-64. Biden took 72 districts to Trump’s 62, and though crossover voting benefited Republicans overall, the GOP's advantage wasn’t as large as it was in the Senate on a proportional basis: Six House Republicans won Biden seats, while four Democrats took Trump districts. (In Minnesota, two state House districts are nested within one Senate district, and Marquart represents half of Eken’s aforementioned 4th Senate District.)
Very Brief: Livin' the (GOP) Nightmare
       
The candidates they can chose include people who appear to have ancestors from Asia, Africa, Central America and Northern Europe and who identify as female and male. As a parent, I must purse my lips in mild disapprove at this behavior. * If they had completed their ballots last week, they could have mailed them. As it is, they will be forced to take their completed ballots to one of many convenient drop boxes in their neighborhood, an errand that will take as much as ten or even fifteen minutes. Update: In making their decisions, they will use the excellent Voter’s Pamphlet published by our County Elections office.
A Slow Moving Genocide of the Palestinians (a poem)
       
A Slow Moving Genocide of the PalestiniansWas this built-in in the original planOf Israel's genesis... When did an honorable defenseBecome a slow moving genocide? Cleverly, you made agreementsWhen the world was watchingThen easily broke your wordWhen the world looked away. I note, too, how well your bombs target childrenDead – they will never haveChildren of their own,And how well you bullets target womenDead – they can no longer bear children,Leaving only men whoStewing in the bitterness you have strewnWill grow old sooner and die younger. And when your genocide is complete,Will you say,“They brought it on themselves?”Carl Scott Harker ©2021_________________________________________________________My latest book of poetry — poems written between late April to Late October, 2020, can be found on Amazon here: Above Us Only Sky.
Censure Those Who Say There Was no Insurrection
       
I fully expect Liz Cheney to sign on; she’ll lose all credibility if she doesn’t. A few other Republicans have spoken out against their colleagues who claimed the rioters were just “tourists,” but others are silent as the latest Big Lie spreads, that there was never any insurrection. For the Republican Congresscowards, this will force them to commit themselves on paper: Did they see what everybody else saw that day, live? But there may be problems getting getting tuchis ofn tisch (laying out their cards; literally, their ass on the table). The commission will take its time (it’s only now getting set up, and McCarthy is muttering he may be less than supportive).
Is Patience Always a Virtue?
       
That the wheels of justice were slow but exceedingly fine. Justice delayed is justice denied. There are many times when patience is a virtue. The Republicans’ time machine works like this: When they are out of power, they slow things down. Captain Kirk falls in love with Edith Keeler, a soup-kitchen angel whose dreams of peace on earth seem remarkably prescient.
Proud Boys leader to former guy: 'F*ck you Trump. You left us on the battlefield bloody and alone'
       
Take a look, and try not to laugh too hard:x Raise your hand if you do NOT feel sorry for Proud Boys leader Ethan Nordean. FUCK TRUMP! And as every true Proud Boy knows, Donald Trump is always true to his word. From USA Today:Prosecutors say Nordean, along with other Proud Boys members, planned to push through police barricades and force themselves inside the building that day. Get them all, including the finale, Goodbye, Asshat: 101 Farewell Letters to Donald Trump, at this link.
Black Kos, Week In Review: Hawaiian cops kill unarmed Zulu Prince. #JusticeForLindani
       
In a press release, the White House listed the nominees and their notable accomplishments on the legal front. The last of the Circuit Court nominees is Veronica S. Rossman, nominee for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Rossman’s career began in 1997 as a law clerk for Chief Justice A. William Maupin on the Nevada Supreme Court. But Black trans activists, especially trans women, are more visible in the racial and social justice movement than ever — from Laverne Cox to Jasmine Davis. One story in Fingers’ book details a coffin-maker in Miami who would import coffins into Jamaica and fill them with Clarks.
A tale of two appraisals: White man gets $100K higher value than Black woman
       
The lawsuit hopes to spark a federal investigation into companies violating fair housing laws by allowing race to impact their appraisals and lending practices. According to the complaint, Duffy did not understand why she was assigned the lower values until she read the appraisal report. Multiple incidents have been reported in which Black homeowners have been discriminated against and been given significantly lower appraisals than their white counterparts. “Because I’m Black, we realized he picked the houses from the Black side of Park Hill,” Lorenzo told The Washington Post. “That was the first red flag.”The couple then scheduled a second appraisal with Gwen, who is white, arranging to be home alone.
35 Years Ago Tonsilitis Nearly Killed Me. Because We Were Poor. This Is My Story.
       
Thankfully I did not worsen, however I did not get much better, save for a fever drop (more on that later.) She had to keep the job so she literally had to work with her boss while I was sick. “Oh poor baby.” (Oh poor baby with Momma that can pay office fees.) I mean, 35 years ago a sick child who could not ambulate was thrown out of a doctor’s office. A child or no human can’t be priced, and bought and sold, and discounted like cheap furniture.
Transgender Air Force Academy Grad Challenges Transphobic Army Officer on His Version of “Science"
       
Army Chaplain (Maj.) Andrew Calvert, pictured as a captain. (U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School photo.) The Major implies that acknowledgment of a transgender individual is “rejecting biology.” He ostensively believes rejecting science constitutes mental illness and disqualifies transgender individuals from serving in the military. Neither sex, gender, or sexual orientation have any impact on a soldier, sailor, airman, Marine, or guardian’s ability to serve their country. Major, since it appears you are the one rejecting science, maybe, by your own logic, that makes you unfit to serve.
Man charged with wife's murder admits he also voted for Trump with her absentee ballot
       
Back in the reality of our real world, the conservative movement and their scam artists have yet to provide any evidence of massive liberal-led voter fraud. Because reality does not resemble their claims whatsoever, the anti-democracy movement’s allegations have gotten more conspiratorial and ludicrous. The Republican Party, having fed this logically incongruous position for so long, has a mush-minded base willing to believe anything, for the most part. There is voter fraud and election malfeasance in our country. But time and time again it has been proven to be led by Republican operatives.
Ethan Nordean, a Proud Boys Leader, Discovers Trump Has No Loyalty.
       
One constant in Donald Trump’s career is his total lack of loyalty. The pair of diamond cufflinks he sent Cohn as thanks for a decade of service turned out to be fake. In 2021, Ethan Nordean, Sergeant of Arms for the Seattle branch of the Proud Boys, discovered the marmalade leopard had not changed his spots. Nordean thought Trump had his back. While Gaetz will discover that his shameless fawning over Trump will engender him no support as Trump avoids getting his skirts dirty in Matt’s child-sex scandal.
Terrible news: President Biden's obsessed with details and has a short temper. He listens to experts
       
...Mr. Biden is gripped by a sense of urgency that leaves him prone to flares of impatience, according to numerous people who regularly interact with him. But several people familiar with the president’s decision-making style said Mr. Biden was quick to cut off conversations. Most described Mr. Biden as having little patience for advisers who cannot field his many questions....No, really? After a drawn-out conversation, Mr. Biden asked members of the group whether any of them had been to the border in recent days. Here’s who the reporters are on this:Michael D. Shear is a White House correspondent.
Joel Greenberg's Plea Agreement Released-A Summary
       
The plea agreement with Joel Greenberg has been released. Greenberg used his tax assessor office funds as a source of capital to buy cryptocurrencies and then profit when they increased in sales. He also created fake accounts of alleged victims of the man where the fake accounts said the man (a teacher) raped students. In addition, Greenberg admits:He introduced the minor to "other adult men, who engaged in commercial sex acts" with her. That these other men "engaged in commercial sex acts with the minor in Greenberg's presence."
A surprisingly expansive proposal to protect voting rights from Senator... Manchin!
       
But Manchin suggested on Wednesday that Congress should pass a much bolder attempt to roll back Shelby County. This gets around the right-wing SCOTUS’s ridiculous blockade of Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, and it prevents future cases of once-moderate states such as Wisconsin making hard-right turns with their votingWhat I love about this is that, critically, it is not a compromise. It is an expansion of a good thing into an even better thing. It’s like when President Thomas Jefferson wanted to buy New Orleans from France, and in return he was offered the entire Louisiana Purchase. IF we can get Senator Sinema on board with this proposal, and IF these two would agree to suspend the rules of debate this one time and allow it to go through on a simple majority vote, we just might get the greatest expansion of voting rights in nearly sixty years.
Biden gives GOP a shock, tells them they have to actually make policy to stay in the game
       
Instead of taxing the ultra-rich, Republicans want to pay for infrastructure with a gas tax, user fees, and toll roads. "User fees have to be part of the mix," he told Axios this week. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki reiterated Friday that user fees are not on the table for Biden. Biden needs to take the same tack with these Democrats as he has with Republicans: Keep them on a short leash and give them homework. I think user fees make sense."
The Former Guy vs. Dick Cheney's Rolodex
       
So why did he persist in removing Liz Cheney? Liz Cheney is ambitious, calculated and Machiavellian (in the modern sense of the word). I think Liz Cheney can outraise the Idiot, and she can outmaneuver McCarthy. If Liz Cheney is anything like her father, my bet is on her. Being Dick Cheney’s daughter has some real advantages, after all, if you want to practice the dark political arts.
Deal struck on Jan. 6 commission, with House vote scheduled next week
       
A final report, including recommendations for preventing future attacks, would be due at the end of this calendar year. The House is voting on the bill next week, along with a supplemental funding bill to beef up Capitol security. "I hope we'll be able to really have the kind of investigation we need about what happened on Jan. 6," Cheney said. As of this writing, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hasn't reacted to the announcement that a deal has been struck, or that the legislation should advance in the House as soon as next week. Here's McConnell's chance to counter what's happening in his party in the House, including the ouster of Cheney in deference to Trump and the Big Lie.
GOP proposes middle-class tax hike to pay for Biden's wildly popular jobs plan—it's a political gift
       
Instead, they are proposing user fees in order to pay for Biden's jobs and infrastructure plan. Let's say that again: Republicans want to pay for any jobs/infrastructure bill by raising taxes on poor and middle-class Americans. But in a total head-scratcher, even some Democrats are reportedly advocating for user fees (i.e., raising taxes on the poor/middle class). Most Senate Democrats also haven’t been fooled by their GOP colleagues’ overtures. That sounds about right—and it's the conclusion many Senate Democrats had already reached weeks ago.
Hispanic Caucus endorses bill putting undocumented essential workers on path to citizenship
       
“According to new American economy, the 3 million immigrant entrepreneurs in the country employ approximately 8 million American workers. “I’m grateful to have the support of my CHC colleagues behind our effort to create a pathway to citizenship for immigrant essential workers,” Padilla said. “For over a year now, we’ve been thanking the essential workers caring for our aging loved ones, cleaning our hospitals, making the food we had delivered to our homes. To ensure a strong, equitable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, we must honor immigrant essential workers with more than our words. With the CHC’s support, the House must move swiftly to pass the Citizenship for Essential Workers Act.”
Since-deleted video shows creepy Marjorie Taylor Greene harassing AOC and staff (again)
       
The new video below picks up at the point where they find AOC’s office and discover the door is locked. Undeterred, Greene kneels down and begins harassing AOC and her staff through the mail slot, delivering a bizarre speech that begins by mispronouncing Ocasio-Cortez, a microaggression in and of itself. A little flap [she swings the mail slot open and shut].”x New: A since-deleted video from 2019 shows MTG harassing @AOC's office through a locked door. And this latest video is another in a catalog of documented incidents of Greene harassing not only AOC, but other members of Congress as well—Rep. x Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Marjorie Taylor Greene:“This is a woman that’s deeply unwell and clearly needs some help.
Biden's proposals are driving a wedge between Republican lawmakers and their lower-income voters
       
But it turns out that Biden's relief plan might not be a one-off. Polling released in mid-April revealed the tax increase drew the support of 53% of Republicans earning less than $50,000 a year while 43% of those making $50,000-$100,000 favored it, and just 38% of Republicans earning more than $100,000 per year did. Much of President Biden's agenda has already proven to be a winner among a majority of Americans—an important piece of a winning Democratic message heading into 2022. But another strategic imperative for Democrats both next year and in the long-term is cleaving lower-income Republicans away from the GOP. The best way to combat grievance politics is to substantially improve people's economic prospects and their overall quality of life.
Cheney: 'Absolutely' McCarthy should testify to Jan. 6 commission. Under subpoena if necessary
       
Now, Congress is moving to create a bipartisan Jan. 6 commission, and Cheney absolutely thinks McCarthy is going to need to testify—perhaps under subpoena. Check out her spectacular deadpan here as she twists the knife:JUST IN: Rep. Liz Cheney tells @jonkarl that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy should "absolutely" testify before possible commission investigating Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. Should Kevin McCarthy be willing to speak—testify before that commission? Karl: So you would welcome a subpoena for Kevin McCarthy to testify to that committee? Cheney: I would anticipate that, you know—I would hope he doesn’t require a subpoena, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he were subpoenaed.
Tom Cotton wants to punish ‘liberal’ universities with a new tax act. Jen Psaki has questions
       
After passing on the Tom Cotton quote about indoctrination into “un-American ideas,” Psaki smiled and poked back. So Psaki asks the reporter if he knows what Cotton says he’s going to do with the tax money he plans on generating. But I would say, if he’s trying to raise money for something, then our view is there’s lots of ways to do that. And if he wants to have a conversation about worker training, we’d love to have him over and have that conversation. Tom Cotton isn’t serious about helping anyone not named Tom Cotton so sadly, I doubt he will except that invitation.
Cases against Gaetz, Giuliani, and Boebert may seem to be moving slowly, but they're still moving
       
Gaetz’s attorney continues to insist that his client is being smeared by both the FBI and Greenberg. A federal prosecutor shuffle won’t save GiulianiOn Wednesday, CNN reported that the federal prosecutor in charge of Rudy Giuliani’s case was stepping down. Prosecutor Edward Diskant hasn’t just directed the investigation of Giuliani, he was in charge when Giuliani’s associates Igor Furman and Lev Parnas were indicted. It may seem like things are proceeding slowly, but Diskant apparently authorized the investigation of Giuliani more than two years ago. Maybe Boebert really is embarrassed about her role in showing violent extremists the express route to the House chamber.
House Democrats reintroduce bill ending racist exclusion of farmworkers from national labor law
       
“Although farm workers gained some minimum wage protections in 1966, exclusions on overtime have persisted. Jay Inslee signed to law a bill guaranteeing farmworkers in the state full overtime pay by 2024. Federally, Grijalva’s office said the Fairness for Farm Workers Act has already been included in President Joe Biden’s immigration overhaul, the U.S. More than 50 members of Congress have also signed onto the Fairness for Farm Workers Act, including House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott. “Overtime protections are essentially a safeguard against exploiting the human body beyond its limits,” UFW president Teresa Romero said.
Israel/ OPT: End brutal repression of Palestinians protesting forced displacement in occupied East Jerusalem - occupied Palestinian territory
       
The organization calls on Israeli authorities to immediately halt forced evictions in the neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah and end the ongoing forced displacement of Palestinians from East Jerusalem. Amnesty International calls on all parties to respect international humanitarian law and take all feasible precautions to avoid harming civilians. One eyewitness said Israeli forces began breaking windows and firing tear gas and stun grenades, leaving many people inside struggling to breathe. The demonstrators were at least 10 metres away from the Israeli forces who were stationed by a nearby Israeli settlers’ home. Amnesty International is calling on the international community to hold Israel accountable for its systematic violations under international law.
GOP lawmaker who called COVID-19 a 'hoax' is sued by ex-staffer for endangering employees
       
Eventually, those actions resulted in “widespread transmission of the virus throughout both the district and Washington DC offices,” the lawsuit states, leading both offices to shutter for a time. Yup, sounds like a horrible, dangerous, and hostile environment—also known as “America” (for most of the past year, anyway). The lawsuit claims that around Oct. 5, 2020, Lamborn was told that his deputy chief of staff had tested positive. Earlier in the pandemic, Lamborn had also referred to COVID-19 as a “hoax” that was being hyped up to influence elections. Lamborn also reportedly told his staff to stay mum about their infections “lest the media pick up on the office’s (COVID-19) problem.”And that’s still not all!
Gaza terrorists fire hundreds of rockets at Israel; IDF pummels Hamas targets
       
Palestinian terror groups in the Gaza Strip fired massive barrages of rockets at southern Israel throughout Tuesday, wounding at least 24 people and drawing deadly retaliatory airstrikes from the Israel Defense Forces. The Hamas terror group claimed at one stage that it fired 137 rockets in around five minutes in a massive barrage that was an apparent attempt to overwhelm the Iron Dome missile defense system. The IDF said at least 15 of those killed were members of the Hamas terror group who were launching rockets or anti-tank guided missiles at Israel. In the video, the Israeli man can be seen approaching the jeep from a hill overlooking the Gaza Strip. The military said its fighter jets bombed a Hamas attack tunnel in the northern Gaza Strip.
Israeli Supreme Court delays hearing on Palestinian evictions from East Jerusalem neighborhood
       
(CNN) Israel's Supreme Court on Sunday postponed a hearing on the possible eviction of several Palestinian families from their homes in Jerusalem and will set a new date within 30 days. The Supreme Court said the hearing, which was supposed to take place Monday, was canceled at the request of the State Attorney General. Last week, the court said it would hear an appeal by the Palestinian families against their eviction from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem, in the latest development in a decades-long legal case. A pro-settler organization called Nahalat Shimon is using a 1970 law to argue that the owners of the land before 1948 were Jewish families, and so the current Palestinian landowners should be evicted and their properties given to Israeli Jews. Palestinians say restitution laws in Israel are unfair because they have no legal means to reclaim property they lost to Jewish families in the late 1940s in what became the state of Israel.
Israel threatens Gaza with ground attack amid air strikes: Live
       
There have also been more violent confrontations between Jewish Israelis and Palestinian citizens of Israel in several cities inside Israel. The council held two private meetings on the escalating fighting between Israel and Palestinian factions in Gaza this week. The ministry said Khan strongly condemned the attacks on worshippers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, as well as deadly air strikes by Israel in Gaza. He added that he has not seen “a significant overreaction” by Israel to rocket attacks by Hamas from Gaza. As Israel is preparing ground troops east of the Gaza Strip, Obeida said the Israeli army will sorely regret carrying out a ground invasion.
Sheikh Jarrah: Facebook and Twitter systematically silencing protests, deleting evidence
       
Facebook and Twitter are systematically silencing users protesting and documenting the evictions of Palestinian families from their homes in the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah in Jerusalem. The scale of these content takedowns and account suspensions reported by users and documented by digital rights organizations is egregious and pronounced. We demand Facebook and Twitter to immediately stop censoring and reinstate the accounts and content of Palestinian voices. The content coming from Sheikh Jarrah illustrates the sheer number and severity of human rights violations requiring digital documentation and media awareness. Online spaces should be available for organizations, activists and human rights defenders to expose and document the human rights violations on the ground.
Scores of Palestinians hurt as Israel police storm Al Aqsa: Live
       
At least 178 Palestinian protesters injured, 88 hospitalised after Israeli police dispersed worshippers at Al-Aqsa Mosque and elsewhere in Jerusalem. “We wish to emphasise that East Jerusalem remains part of the occupied Palestinian territory, in which international humanitarian law applies,” Colville said. The Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance service said 88 of the Palestinians injured were taken to hospital after being hit with rubber-coated metal bullets. Tens of injured Palestinians are being referred to hospitals for treatment. Mahmoud al-Zahhar, another member of the Hamas political bureau, condemned Arabs leaders for remaining “silent as they watch the attack on Al-Aqsa Mosque”.
Nato chief Rasmussen 'proud' as Libya mission ends
       
"Many countries in the Arab world know us and trust us; many acted with us to protect you. I hope that the free, democratic Libya will join us as a partner one day soon; but this is up to you. The future of free Libya is finally firmly in your hands."
Al-Aqsa: Instagram Labeled One Of Islam’s Holiest Mosques A Terrorist Org
       
The photo-sharing app mistakenly removed content about the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the site of clashes between Israeli police forces and Palestinian worshippers, after associating the site with terrorism. “Both of these mistakes and many others are entirely unacceptable,” the Facebook employee wrote on an internal communications platform on Tuesday. Last week, Palestinian Instagram users also complained that Instagram stories, or ephemeral videos and images that last for 24 hours on the platform, about the conflict were also being removed. They also noted that Instagram users around the world had started a campaign to give poor ratings to Instagram’s apps in the Google Play store. In response, a Facebook spokesperson told BuzzFeed News that the Al-Aqsa content was restricted due to human error, and not because of any government requests.
NSA tapped German Chancellery for decades, WikiLeaks claims
       
The US National Security Agency tapped phone calls involving German chancellor Angela Merkel and her closest advisers for years and spied on the staff of her predecessors, according to WikiLeaks. A report released by the group on Wednesday suggested NSA spying on Merkel and her staff had gone on far longer and more widely than previously realised. WikiLeaks said the NSA targeted 125 phone numbers of top German officials for long-term surveillance . The targeted phone numbers included those for the phones of senior officials at the Chancellery and included that of Ronald Pofalla, Merkel’s former chief of staff, WikiLeaks said. The spying row has also been stirred by allegations that Merkel’s staff gave the German BND foreign intelligence agency a green light to help the NSA spy on European firms and officials.
Press Statement: Election meddling-US Sanctions welcomed by transatlantic body co-founded by Biden
       
Election meddling: US Sanctions welcomed by transatlantic body co-founded by BidenPRESS RELEASE: April 15, 2021The Co-Chairs of the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity (TCEI) welcome US sanctions against Russia for its meddling in the 2020 U.S. election. The Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity (TCEI) was co-founded by Biden, Chertoff and Rasmussen in 2018 to unite transatlantic efforts in the fight against foreign election meddling. Before announcing his candidacy for President, Joe Biden worked with the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity to develop a pledge for all candidates to sign, committing not to aid and abet foreign malign powers. Candidate Biden launched the pledge in 2019 and signed it himself after announcing his presidential run. TCEI Co-Chair Anders Fogh Rasmussen, former NATO Secretary General and Danish PM, said:“The Biden administration is sending a deterrent signal that meddling comes at a cost.
Bodhichitta - Opening the Heart-Mind
       
In parallel with other spiritual traditions, Gurdjieff taught that a person must expend considerable effort to affect the transformation that leads to awakening. As Pema Chodron writes:"If we were to ask the Buddha, 'What is bodhichitta? He might tantalize us by adding that it is only bodhichitta that heals, [and] that bodhichitta is capable of transforming the hardest of hearts and the most prejudiced and fearful minds." "Sometimes the completely open heart and mind of bodhichitta is called the soft spot, a place as vulnerable and tender as an open wound. In Buddhism, bodhicitta - "enlightenment-mind" - is the mind that strives toward awakening, empathy, and compassion for the benefit of all sentient beings.
Lack Of Community Engagement Leaves School District Without A Plan
       
- Nicolle Fefferman, Parents Supporting TeachersThe block of LAUSD Board Members supported by the charter school industry has a long history of making changes to the school calendar against the wishes of parents. The remaining families were evenly split between those wanting to start school two weeks earlier in the summer and those preferring that each semester start one week earlier. (Image by pasa47) Details DMCAWith the change in the school calendar apparently off the table, it is unclear how exactly the LAUSD will address the needs of its students. The next steps should be taken with the input of the district's parents, teachers, and other employees to avoid another failure. ________________________________Carl Petersen is a parent, an advocate for students with special education needs, an elected member of the Northridge East Neighborhood Council, a member of the LAUSD's CAC, and was a Green Party candidate in LAUSD's District 2 School Board race.
On Michael Harrington
       
And so, if you will accept the metaphor for the moment, if we were to ask who might be considered the abbot of those imagined modern-day socialist preservationist monks, a logical choice might be Michael Harrington. The young Harrington, like many a young socialist before and after him, cobbled together a living. In 1968, he became something of a figurehead president of the Socialist Party which he then quit in 1972. Harrington wrote 16 books, and in his speaking and writing continually reflected that democratic commitment - both substantively and rhetorically. And that fact is in no small part due to the lifelong efforts of Michael Harrington.
What Happens Next?
       
The good news is that the CDC just loosened the mask guidelines for those of us who have been vaccinated. Political consequences: As long as the U.S. continues to make progress overcoming the pandemic, this bodes well for the Biden Administration. After Trump's 7-million vote election loss, the January 6th insurrection, and his second impeachment trial, the Republican Party split. Political Consequences: For the moment, DT runs (most of) the Republican Party. In the last decade, the Republican Party hasn't had much of a policy agenda, they've mostly been concerned with social issues.
Sonnet: Ode to the Lefty Word Boys and Might-Is-Right Goons
       
LeftRight(Image by johnny.guernica) Details DMCASonnet: Ode to the Lefty Word Boys and Might-Is-Right Goonsby John Kendall Hawkins. We're a throw-away species in the end,if we can't contain our doubts and desires,rex tyrants amidst the smoke of oil fireswho've trashed consciousness, gone around the bend. Animals and machines: Our past and future,for which no circle of hell yet existsto punish us for our hubris and twists --a psychopathological culturethat fantasizes that nothing mattersbecause, as Nietzsche said, Man's God is dead,and brain-hackers are here, under the bed,and flags everywhere are in tatters. They'll be keen space colonies soon,to suit the mad escapist and the goon.
Colonial Pipeline paid ransom to hackers who infiltrated its system
       
Colonial Pipeline paid a ransom to the hackers who infiltrated its system and forced the shutdown of a major pipeline supplying fuel to the East Coast last week, multiple sources confirmed to CBS News on Thursday. One source familiar with the investigation said the company paid a multi-million dollar ransom. If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership. STAY IN THE KNOWIf you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content. Daily Weekly OpEdNews NewsletterNameEmail(Opens new browser window)
Article: Loving Awareness
       
In this brief discussion I want to write about an Indian saint known by the name "Neem Karoli Baba." As Ram Dass said, "Maharajji didn't just have the map. After Ram Dass returned to the U.S. from India, he dedicated himself to service. Late in his life Ram Dass coined a term that summed up both the journey and the destination: "Loving Awareness." Maharajji, died in 1973; Ram Dass died in December of 2019.
Chile and Colombia to Move Money Out of Militaries
       
Chile is reducing its military spending by 4.9% in order to better address the health crisis. I did say "small," but small percentages tend to be significant amounts of money when you're talking about military spending. In 2020, Cardona said, he led the Global Campaign on Military Spending (GCOMS) in Colombia. On May 4, 2021, amid protests in Colombia, Cardona was contacted by the President's office and told that they would comply with his request not to purchase the 24 warplanes. Parliamentarians in Chile and Colombia have nominated Angelo Cardona for a Nobel Peace Prize.
How a Democracy Can Be Undermined -- Some Lessons
       
It is what has happened in Hungary in the last decade, and Hungary is not alone. Opposition to single-party socialist rule was eventually successful, and he was elected a Fidesz member of the National Assembly in 1990. However, a landslide victory in 2010 gave Orban a two-thirds supermajority, and with it the power to amend constitutional laws. With the opposition weakened, Hungary became a democracy backsliding to authoritarianism. In 2020, the parliament passed laws that allow Orban to declare an emergency at will and then rule by decree.
Thoughts on Black Lives Matter and All Lives Matter
       
All lives matter. Black lives didn't matter before. So now black lives matter. It's because 'All lives matter' is unifying ... and 'Black lives matter' is divisive. BLM vs Proud Boys vs Antifa vs Boogaloo Bois vs NFAC vs Karens ... keep everybody in a huge brawl!
For Okinawa, Rahm Would Be a Knee on the Neck
       
Every single one of them has opposed the will of the people and of the local government of Okinawa when it has come to maintaining and expanding bases. Rahm Emanuel covered up a racist police murder as mayor of Chicago. Rahm Emanuel corporatized the Democratic Party, and helped destroy welfare, create NAFTA, pass the 1994 Crime Bill, and restrict immigration (bragging about deportation records). As with Neera Tanden's unsuccessful bid for higher office, Rahm Emanuel may face Republican opposition to confirming him as ambassador. They have no desire to inflict Rahm on the people of Okinawa, much as they might be happy to put thousands of miles between him and Illinois.
Will Trump Be Imprisoned in Florida?
       
Trump Extradition Blocked by Ron Desantis if Forty Five Gets Indicted by New York Southern District Florida Officials Reportedly Steeling For A Trump Extradition Block By Gov. Ron DeSantis ...(Image by YouTube, Channel: H. A. Goodman) Details DMCAIt could end up that Donald Trump ends up in a prison of his own making in Florida. It's widely noted, as this Huffpost article reports, that Florida Officials 'Actively' Preparing For DeSantis To Block Trump Extradition. Basically, if the NY state AG or the Feds attempt to extradite Trump, then Republican, Trump supporting Florida Governor Ron DeSantis will shield Trump from the extradition. Yes, it's a gilded cage, but I think Trump will feel like it's a prison and chafe at his restrictions.
The Tragedy of the U.S. Deep State
       
Deep State showed he had been paying close attention. The first point that we make is that it was not Kissinger who created policy for Nixon, but the Deep State. He goes on:The Deep State wanted to achieve a number of objectives in approaching Chairman Mao, who was antagonized by Russia. And our Deep State policy worked. We in the Deep State had thought it through, and not Kissinger.
Anti-colonial revolution is our only route towards preventing a nightmarish dystopia
       
Decolonization isn't just necessary on this continent from a moral perspective; it's necessary from a perspective of scientific socialism. Only after the abolition of the Zionist state will the land actually be free to develop towards proletarian democracy. And the exact same skewed power dynamics would apply to a "socialist" United States. What we in the U.S. are facing is an urgent choice between the two options we've always had: socialism or barbarism. And without anti-colonial revolution, socialism won't be able to come about.
The utterly horrifying and depressingly preventable COVID crises in India and Brazil
       
In the video version of this week’s urgent episode of “The Marc Steiner Show,” we bring you firsthand reports of the unfolding catastrophes in India and Brazil from guests who are living through them right now. We discuss the devastation on the ground and how it is the result of a deadly combination of vaccine hoarding and capitalist greed in the global North as well as right-wing governments that have failed to take adequate measures to protect their people. Marc is joined by journalist and activist Ansab Amir, who is based in Aligarh, India, and multimedia journalist, radio reporter, documentary filmmaker, and Real News contributor Mike Fox, who is based in Florianópolis, Brazil. Tune in for new episodes of The Marc Steiner Show every Tuesday on TRNN.
Biden Claims Israeli Attack on Gaza Is Not an 'Overreaction' as Onslaught Intensifies, Death Toll Mounts
       
According to Gaza's Health Ministry, 119 people have been killed—including 31 children—and 830 have been wounded by the Israeli assault thus far. "We cannot remain silent when our government sends $3.8 billion of military aid to Israel that is used to demolish Palestinian homes, imprison Palestinian children, and displace Palestinian families," said Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.). Powerful words from @AyannaPressley: "We cannot remain silent when our government sends $3.8 billion of military aid to Israel that is used to demolish Palestinian homes, imprison Palestinian children, and displace Palestinian families. "Israel is not preparing for a ceasefire," Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said Wednesday. From our colleague on the ground in Gaza: "My children are completely panicked.
As Israel’s Attack Mounts, Biden Says It’s “Not Been a Significant Overreaction”
       
According to Gaza’s Health Ministry, 119 people have been killed — including 31 children — and 830 have been wounded by the Israeli assault thus far. In Israel, seven people have been killed, including a six-year-old boy and a soldier. “We cannot remain silent when our government sends $3.8 billion of military aid to Israel that is used to demolish Palestinian homes, imprison Palestinian children, and displace Palestinian families,” said Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.). “Israel is not preparing for a ceasefire,” Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said Wednesday. It may not be reproduced in any form without permission or license from the source.
The Economic Recovery Is Mostly Benefiting White Families
       
Yet these milestones mask an uncomfortable truth: The economic recovery is mostly benefitting white families. About 36% of Latino families said they had a very difficult or somewhat difficult time paying their bills in the previous week, compared with 35% of Black families, 20% of Asian families and 18% of white families. The lost income is one reason so many people of color are struggling to pay their bills, said Sanchez Cumming. Even so, Sanchez Cumming said the economic relief programs have helped and the new survey data shows they’re still needed. Economists say the temporary changes will help reduce poverty among Black families by 42%.
State doles out severe sentence for threatening speech while cops kill people with ketamine
       
From 2018-2020, over 900 Colorado residents were injected with the drug ketamine while in police custody, giving Colorado the grim distinction of administering the highest number of such injections out of any state in the U.S., with over 17% resulting in serious and even deadly complications. Hunter Barr, age 26, is one of the recent victims who died after police detained him and injected him with ketamine, a powerful dissociative anesthetic. In this week’s PAR, Taya Graham and Stephen Janis investigate Barr’s death and the troubling expansion of law enforcement’s use of tactical pharmacology. Graham and Janis also counterpose the unjust killing of Barr, for which none of the perpetrators have been held accountable, with the harsh punishment of Eric Brandt, a veteran, anti-police brutality protester, and member of Occupy Denver, who has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for “retaliation” against a judge using graphic verbal threats.
This isn’t a civil war, it is settler-colonial brutality – Mondoweiss
       
The civil war narrative is misleading and plays into Israel’s hands. At this point, Israeli media and politicians have moved on to describe the situation as civil unrest and civil war. The civil war discourse risks fragmenting the Palestinian people and their resistance at a time where it is united. Crucially, the civil war discourse risks fragmenting the Palestinian people and their resistance at a time where it is united. Israel applies the civil war framing only to ’48 Palestinians, not other Palestinians.
California Trial of Universal Basic Income Inspires More Cities to Follow Suit
       
It’s probably safe to say that a few years ago, most Americans weren’t familiar with the term universal basic income, commonly abbreviated as UBI. Perhaps the most well-known universal basic income pilot program took place in the city of Stockton, California. I used to carry them on me all the time.”The report also showed that a guaranteed income reduced economic volatility. “It currently is the longest-running guaranteed income project in the country, and it was the first guaranteed income project to take a gender and racial justice approach,” Aisha Nyandoro, the program’s founder, told Truthout. And that is all universal.”Although not officially partnered with the city, Jackson’s mayor, Chokwe Lumumba, is a member of the Mayors for a Guaranteed Income coalition, so the potential for a municipal guaranteed income program is not off the table.
Deal Reached on 9/11-Style Commission for January 6 — But Roadblocks Remain
       
An agreement appears to have been reached between Democrats and Republicans on the formation of a 9/11-style commission to investigate the events of the January 6 breach of the Capitol. But not some — including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California) — are not yet on board with the plan. Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Mississippi) and Rep. John Katko (R-New York), the chair and ranking member, respectively, of the House Homeland Security Committee, announced the deal on Friday. Yet in spite of the breakthrough deal, McCarthy expressed hesitancy, and didn’t state whether he backed the deal yet or not. Dozens of Trump supporters, upset that Congress was about to certify the 2020 presidential election win by Joe Biden, forced their way into the building, resulting in five individuals dying and hundreds of others being injured.
Pelosi Says Masks to Remain, Since Most GOP Lawmakers Aren’t Vaccinated
       
After the CDC issued the updated guidance, reporters asked Pelosi whether mask rules would be eased within the House of Representatives. “Are they all vaccinated?” she added, referring to lawmakers in the House. Seventy-two percent of House members are currently vaccinated, but there is a wide discrepancy between both parties on their separate rates of vaccination. While every member of the Democratic Party’s 219-member delegation is fully vaccinated, only 95 out of 212 Republicans are the same, amounting to just 44.8 percent of their caucus. While the vast majority of Americans have received or are planning to get vaccinated, the rate at which people are refusing to get their shots is troubling.
Israel Isn’t Entitled to “Self-Defense” Against the People Under Its Occupation
       
U.S. officials are aiding and abetting Israel’s crimes with massive military aid and scotching any criticism of Israel in the UN Security Council. In its current “Operation Guardian of the Walls,” Israeli leaders are perpetrating the same war crimes as those they committed in 2014. Israel could not maintain its occupation of Palestinian lands and persecution of the Palestinian people without U.S. assistance. In addition, the Leahy Law forbids military units that commit human rights abuses from receiving U.S. weapons or training. Enough is enough.”Those who oppose Israeli war crimes should pressure their congressmembers and the White House to halt U.S. military assistance to Israel.
Rashida Tlaib Condemns Israeli Apartheid, Saying “It Must End”
       
That we are human, that we are allowed to exist,” said Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) in the House. “It must end.”Tlaib spoke during a special order hour for members of Congress to speak about the apartheid. Israel has been stepping up violence and attacks on Palestinians in Gaza over the past few days. Israeli forces have killed over 100 people in Gaza since attacks began on Monday. President Joe Biden has not followed lawmakers left on the issue of Israeli apartheid and said earlier this week that “Israel has the right to defend itself,” while saying nothing of the historical horrors wrought upon Palestinians by the Israeli government.
This Isn’t a Civil War, It Is Settler-Colonial Violence
       
But the civil war narrative is misleading and plays into Israel’s hands. It masks settler-colonial power relations, settler-colonial violence and Jewish supremacist violence. At this point, Israeli media and politicians have moved on to describe the situation as civil unrest and civil war. The civil war discourse erases the colonial context in which violence against Palestinians takes place. Crucially, the civil war discourse risks fragmenting the Palestinian people and their resistance at a time where it is united.
Republicans Oppose Kristen Clarke for DOJ Job in Latest Attack on Voting Rights
       
Republican senators in Washington are attempting to block Kristen Clarke, a prominent voting rights advocate, from a top Justice Department position. If Clarke’s nomination is successful, she will be the first Black woman to lead the Civil Rights Division. The Republicans are voting on partisan lines, apparently because they are trying to suppress voting rights across the country. And if that’s the case, then the last thing you would what is an esteemed voting rights advocate leading the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. DOJ. BEN JEALOUS: She’s a civil rights lawyer’s civil rights lawyer.
Arab World Condemns Israeli Violence but Takes Little Action
       
BRUSSELS — The Arab world is unified in condemning Israeli airstrikes in Gaza and the way the Israeli police invaded Jerusalem’s Aqsa Mosque, one of Islam’s holiest sites. But by and large the condemnation is only words, not actions — at least so far. The region’s concerns have shifted since the last major Israeli incursion into Gaza in 2014, with new fears about Iran’s influence, new anxieties about popular unrest in Arab countries and a growing recognition of the reality of Israel in the Arab world. Even those countries that normalized relations with Israel last year — the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco — have all openly criticized Israeli policies and called for support of the Palestinians and the defense of Jerusalem. The escalation of violence has put a great strain on those governments, which had argued that their closer relationship with Israel would help restrain Israeli actions aimed at the Palestinians in both the West Bank and Gaza.
In Stefanik, G.O.P. Installs a Trump Convert Who Reflects the Party’s Shift
       
“I will work with anyone, regardless of their party affiliation, to get it done,” Ms. Stefanik had said. “Elise has built a record as an authentic, respected voice for ideas and common sense.”Even after Mr. Trump was elected, Ms. Stefanik kept her distance, voting against his emergency declaration to build a wall on the southern border and against his signature 2017 tax cuts bill. A member of the Intelligence Committee, she boasted about supporting special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into links between the Trump campaign and Russia and being “one of the first members” to call for transparency in regards to the report. But Ms. Stefanik was already starting to move closer to Mr. Trump, having taken note of his 2016 romp in her district, a 14-point victory in a swath of upstate New York that had favored former President Barack Obama twice by large margins. “I really paid attention to the voters and the people in my district,” she told Steve Bannon, a former Trump adviser, in an interview last week.
Opinion | Maybe We Need Masks Indoors Just a Bit Longer
       
Telling everyone to wear masks indoors has a sociological effect. Places can either say “wear a mask regardless” or just accept that people who don’t want to wear one will not. In the early days of the pandemic it made sense for everyone to wear a mask, not just the sick — as the C.D.C. Even if the unvaccinated were all conspiracy theorists and dead-end anti-vaxxers, we would need to take virus levels into account before discounting the risks even to them. Plus, Covid-19 can still terribly burden our health resources, especially in those areas that still have many unvaccinated adults.
How Charles Koch Benefits From the Colonial Pipeline's Troubles - The New York Times
       
Koch Industries, the industrial conglomerate run by the billionaire Charles Koch, is the company with the largest ownership stake in the pipeline. Pine Bend, a Koch refinery in Rosemount, Minn., for example, has been a steady source of profit for decades, according to current and former company officials. Koch buys cheap crude for Pine Bend from an oversupplied market of Canadian high-sulfur crude, which requires specialized equipment to process. These standards made it nearly impossible for competitors to open a refinery near Pine Bend that might take some of its market share. This entrenches the market power of the Pine Bend refinery and the Colonial Pipeline.
Gaza Rocket Finds a Rare Gap in Israeli Armor, and a Boy Is Killed
       
SDEROT, Israel — It was 1:30 p.m. on Friday in Sderot, and Ido Avigal, 5, was being laid to rest a few miles to the north. When that rocket struck on Wednesday evening, he was sheltering in a fortified safe room meant to protect residents from this exact threat. But a piece of shrapnel managed to puncture the thick, steel shutter and the thick glass window of the shelter, mortally wounding the boy. Ido’s mother and his sister were also injured while inside the room. It was the first such case of a death in a fortified safe room that military officials could recall.
Date Lab: He was prepared to get roasted
       
Comedian Mike Birbiglia publicly roasted Chris after he misspelled the comic’s name in an online review of Derek DelGaudio’s book “Amoralman.” “People were trashing [“Amoralman”], so I went on Amazon and wrote like a five-second review for five stars, figuring no one would ever read it,” Chris told me, explaining what prompted him to write: “I would say if you like David Sedair, or the Mike Brigriallia then this will be up your alley.” Birbiglia tweeted the amusing review with the hashtag #MikeBrigriallia. (Amazon founder Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post.) “What’s the worst people can say about me?” Chris said, laughing. “I’ve already misspelled two of my favorite authors’ names to the point where I got ridiculed by them.”
Transgender woman sent to men’s cell unit in D.C. jail wins fight for transfer
       
In an earlier statement, the jail said that Hinton spent 14 days in quarantine as part of the facility’s coronavirus safety protocol and that her next stop would be before the Transgender Housing Committee to determine her placement. But the lawsuit alleges that committee has not convened since January 2020.
Gene Weingarten: Don’t just fix the problem. Kluge it.
       
You are thinking that someone as slovenly as I am must be a pain to live with. Ordinarily that would be true, but, in a stroke of good luck, my girlfriend is a kindred spirit. When Rachel once put on pants for work and found they were way too loose at the waist, she solved the problem by visiting a tailor cinching them tighter with an office binder clip. Likewise, when she got a couple of upper thigh holes in another pair of at-work pants she went to a tailor again fixed them with duct tape. The only problem was that this put the sticky parts on the outside, directly across from each other, meaning they tended to stick together when walking, making a snowpants sound.
Why Can’t More Straight Men Say ‘I Love You’ to Each Other?
       
The dearth of male role models who say “I love you” doesn’t apply just to our fathers, brothers, uncles and friends. (Even Todd will frequently say, “I love you, pal.”) The 2009 comedy “I Love You, Man” took this to new cinematic heights. He wasn’t afraid to say that he loves you.”The fear of looking soft is a big reason men don’t share their love. And once men can say “I love you” and become vulnerable, they often feel liberated, he says. “Do you say ‘I love you’ to any of your male friends?” I ask him.
Rep. Louie Gohmert has set the new (low) bar for downplaying the Jan. 6 riot
       
The context for his remarks was the attack on Pearl Harbor that brought America into World War II and the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 — both incidents in which, yes, thousands died and that, yes, manifested a significant threat to the United States. Compared with enemy aircraft bombing a naval fleet, or airplanes hitting skyscrapers, yes, the attack on the Capitol lacked a certain level of violence. But that does not mean that the attack on the Capitol wasn’t an attack on democracy or that the attack on the Capitol wasn’t dangerous.
Caitlyn Jenner's changing tone on transgender kids on sports teams
       
PoliticsCaitlyn Jenner's changing tone on transgender kids on sports teamsThe California gubernatorial candidate and former Olympian has changed her tone on which gender-specific sports teams transgender girls can join.
In a shift, GOP nominee for Va. governor admits Biden ‘legitimately’ elected
       
Yet it appears he never said that so explicitly or publicly, at least not before winning the nomination. Youngkin’s campaign declined to comment, but pointed to one other interview in which he seemed to agree, with a simple “yeah,” that Biden had been legitimately elected. That interview was conducted after he’d won the GOP nod in results announced Monday night.
She just graduated from college. She said her Uber passenger made it possible.
       
Young was grateful for the support, she said, after years of working multiple jobs and putting off her education. When she got pregnant at age 16 with her oldest son, she dropped out of high school but eventually received her GED. As time wore on, her desire to go back to school never waned, even though it seemed out of reach.
What new mask rules will tourists face? Depends on where they are.
       
“Obviously, today’s guidance that we got from the CDC in terms of those that were vaccinated do not necessarily need to wear masks anymore, both outdoors and indoors, is very big news for us,” Chapek said. “Particularly, if anybody’s been in Florida in the middle of summer with a mask on, that could be quite daunting. So we think that’s going to make for an even more pleasant experience.”
The Yankees’ covid-19 outbreak shows vaccines work, health experts say
       
But according to multiple public health experts reached Friday, the main takeaway from the Yankees’ outbreak should be that all but one of the affected individuals was asymptomatic, meaning the vaccine is working. The CDC consistently has warned that some “breakthrough cases” will emerge, and that “there will be a small percentage of people who are fully vaccinated who still get sick, are hospitalized, or die from covid-19.” The promise, rather, was a lower likelihood of infection and a much lower likelihood of severe outcomes.
Opinion : The United Nations doesn’t practice the democracy it preaches
       
In 2016, the year after the U.N. passed a resolution providing for a competitive election for the position of world’s most senior diplomat, there were 13 candidates. The process was convoluted, including six secret straw polls in the Security Council. But at least the U.N. could claim it was moving toward more openness and transparency when Guterres emerged victorious. For the 2021 election, however, there is only one official candidate: Guterres. Last week, he spoke at U.N. headquarters and presented his vision for a second term, as if no further debate were needed on the matter.
Opinion : Bret Baier plays Trump stooge in Liz Cheney interview
       
Baier: We’ve said that numerous times. Cheney: Bret, I’m going to answer your question. Fox News needs to make sure —Baier: No, but if you’re mentioning Fox News you have to know that this show has said that numerous times. Cheney: Bret, you’re doing the interview, I’m answering the questions. Baier: Congresswoman.
Live updates White House rules out paying for infrastructure plan with higher gas tax or other user fees
       
“It takes several weeks for people to get full immunity from vaccinations and even more time for those left jobless from the pandemic to find and start a suitable job,” Rouse said. “Supply trains have been disrupted, and sectors that were hardest hit are just beginning to come back. I will also note that given the extraordinary and unprecedented circumstances of the pandemic, it will remain difficult for analysts to accurately forecast economic data until we have more fully recovered.”
Maryland, Virginia lifting mask mandates
       
“Virginians have been working hard, and we are seeing the results in our strong vaccine numbers and dramatically lowered case counts,” Northam said in a news release. “That’s why we can safely move up the timeline for lifting mitigation measures in Virginia. I strongly urge any Virginian who is not yet vaccinated to do so — the vaccines are the best way to protect yourself and your community from COVID-19.”
Israel told the media it had ground forces in Gaza. Then it changed the story.
       
An article in the Jerusalem Post, headlined, “Did IDF deception lead to massive aerial assault on Hamas’s ‘Metro’?” reported speculation that the initial English-language tweet and the foreign coverage of the ground assault could have been an effort on the military’s part to push Hamas fighters to gather in the tunnels as they steeled themselves for a ground invasion that never came, making them more vulnerable to the attacks that did come.
With strikes targeting rockets and tunnels, the Israeli tactic of ‘mowing the grass’ returns to Gaza
       
After the Oslo accords in 1993, most of the strip came under the control of the newly formed Palestinian Authority. But the area saw widespread violence during the second intifada began in 2000 and Israeli forces began building barriers between Gaza and Israel, as well as the border with Egypt.
Covid-19 live updates WHO chief urges wealthy countries to share doses before vaccinating kids
       
But on Friday, Singapore said that it would significantly tighten restrictions in response to a new wave of infections. For a month from May 16, people will be allowed to socialize only in groups of two. Households will be similarly limited to two visitors daily, while dining venues will be restricted to offering takeaway and delivery. Most people will return to working from home.
Medina Spirit Cleared to Race in 2021 Preakness Stakes After Passing Drug Tests
       
AP Photo/Brynn AndersonKentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit will go for the second leg of horse racing's Triple Crown in the 2021 Preakness Stakes on Saturday. According to Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press, Medina Spirit was cleared to compete in the Preakness at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore after his latest drug test came back clean. After trainer Bob Baffert's colt won the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago, the horse failed a post-race drug test, testing positive for the steroid betamethasone, per ESPN. Medina Spirit could have been prevented from racing in the Preakness Stakes had another test come back positive. This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.
Ex-NFL WR Mark Pattison on Verge of Rare 'Seven Summits' Feat with Mt. Everest Climb
       
Tom Schad of USA Today reported Pattison is "on the cusp of" reaching the peak of Mt. Everest, which is the last of the "seven summits" he has not climbed. The seven summits are the highest peaks on each continent. In 2019, NPR reported approximately 500 people have reached the top of the seven summits. He initially planned on climbing Everest last year but had to push the journey back to 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
CNN correspondent reports in midst of tear gas and hurled rocks in West Bank
       
CNN's Ben Wedeman reports in the midst of violent clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinian protesters in the West Bank, describing the tense scene as the "curse of the Holy Land."
Opinion: Trumpian political insanity has entered GOP's bloodstream
       
She is a frequent opinion contributor to CNN, a contributing columnist to The Washington Post and a columnist for World Politics Review. (CNN) For the last four years, it has felt as if the world has been careening toward madness. The assault followed the strangest political campaign in memory and a large-scale disinformation operation by the loser and his minions, falsely claiming the election was stolen. But it also confirmed that the political insanity that gripped the United States during the past administration has entered the bloodstream of the Republican Party. And Cheney was just expelled from the House GOP leadership while warning that former President Donald Trump presents "an ongoing threat."
New CDC mask guidelines complicates plans to reopen offices
       
The CDC's announcement that fully-vaccinated individuals don't need to wear a mask in most situations was a big step toward a return to normalcy, but it might have complicated employers' return-to-work plans. Generally speaking, employers can mandate workers get vaccinated and require proof of inoculation before they return to the office. And Title VII of the Civil Rights Act could allow employees with "sincerely held" religious beliefs against a vaccine to seek accommodations. The new guidelines don't prevent employers from requiring workers wear masks in the office. And some states and cities still have more strict mask mandates in place.
The recipe for getting more vaccine shots in arms
       
(CNN) The United States' commitment to develop, manufacture and distribute safe and effective Covid-19 vaccines for all Americans started with Operation Warp Speed and was ramped up even further by the Biden Administration. Less than a year after the first known cases of Covid-19 reached this country, the US had developed and authorized the first Covid-19 vaccines for emergency use. This is not the typical development process for vaccines, which usually undergo a lengthy US Food and Drug Administration approval process. Anyone who may have been hesitant to get the vaccine due to the lack of full FDA approval should rest assured vaccine developers were required to take additional safety measures. Pfizer/BioNTech initiated this process last Friday, making them the first Covid vaccine developers to seek full approval from the FDA.
As the US leaves Afghanistan, it must fulfill its obligation to interpreters
       
James R. Clapper Jr. is a retired US Air Force lieutenant general and the former director of national intelligence. Keith P. Saddler is a former US Army infantry officer, and currently the vice chairman on the board of directors of No One Left Behind. James R. Clapper Jr.Keith P. SaddlerAmong those in the second category, we can unfortunately count life-threatening jeopardy to a group of Afghans who hitched themselves literally and spiritually to the United States. Over these two decades, it's likely that thousands of US soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines were saved by the service of Afghan interpreters. Perversely, the best testament to their effectiveness may be the repeated statements by captured Taliban fighters.
Opinion: Republicans face a defining question on infrastructure
       
Republicans and Democrats can find the money to pay for the infrastructure to rebuild America if the political courage exists. The question is whether they are just against higher corporate taxes specifically -- or against any and all tax increases to pay for infrastructure. The federal gas tax has not changed since 1993. Raising the gas tax back to that level and indexing it to inflation thereafter would raise a projected $512 billion over the next 10 years. Republicans in Congress have started to fixate on finding a way to capture lost gas tax revenue for electric cars as a potential solution.
Singer Tank says he's losing his hearing 'out of nowhere'
       
R&B singer-songwriter Tank announced on Instagram this week that he is slowly losing his hearing. Tank said in the video that he would document the process "just to show (fans) the fight," and on Thursday, he shared another short video. In the three-minute video, the "You Don't Know" singer said that after undergoing an MRI, his doctor didn't "see anything crazy in terms of brain function," which he said was a "good" thing. Tank said that he also discovered that he had a deviated septum, which he would have surgery to repair. "If you like my music ... or you like my acting or my comedy or whatever, say it now," Tank said.
Ashley Cain shares funeral details for his baby daughter
       
Ashley Cain is sharing funeral details for his 8-month-old daughter Azaylia after the baby girl died of cancer in late April. "Prior to Azaylia's service, we will be giving Azaylia her last journey through Nuneaton town," Cain wrote, explaining the route the procession would take. the couple wrote. Last week, Cain said on Instagram that "nothing could ever have prepared him" for planning his child's funeral. "Today Azaylia turned 9 months old in heaven," he wrote.
Trader Joe's is the 1st grocer to drop mask mandate for vaccinated customers
       
Trader Joe’s updated its COVID-19 resources page to say that fully vaccinated customers no longer need to wear masks in stores, becoming the first major chain to drop its mask policy following updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The new guidance, released Thursday, said that fully vaccinated people did not need to wear masks or socially distance in most indoor or outdoor settings. "We encourage customers to follow the guidance of health officials, including, as appropriate, CDC guidelines that advise customers who are fully vaccinated are not required to wear masks while shopping," said Trader Joe's on its website. Trader Joe's was also one of several retailers that paid employees to get vaccinated, offering employees two hours of regular pay per dose of vaccine received and arranging schedules in a way that allowed employees to get vaccinated. "We care about our Crew Members," said a Trader Joe's spokesperson in a statement to TODAY in January.
Netflix's 'The Woman in the Window' looks at an unreliable narrator and the drugs behind that
       
And, they keep asking how, exactly, Anna’s blighted perceptions map onto something really weird that’s going on right in front of her. He colors our perceptions with Anna’s perceptions, and makes us doubt ourselves the same way we doubt her. It’s something that happens to Anna several times during “The Woman in the Window” and is instantly recognizable to anyone else who's experienced it. She's a shaky, unreliable narrator, but she's the only one we have. He colors our perceptions with Anna’s perceptions, and makes us doubt ourselves the same way we doubt her, meaning that you can probably make it through most of this movie without seeing what’s coming.
Cohen weighs in on FBI investigation into Giuliani
       
Cohen weighs in on FBI investigation into GiulianiThe former Trump attorney shared his thoughts on Giuliani's situation.
See ‘Rick & Morty’ creator Dan Harmon explain writing, Kanye West & ‘incels’ to MSNBC
       
What’s the secret to a great story and a Hollywood hit? "Rick and Morty" and "Community" showrunner Dan Harmon explains why he believes most stories must follow a narrative circle format with “eight steps;” how his experiences clashing with corporate bosses and collaborating with Kanye West inform his work now; and how he came to understand and oppose “incel” culture in this MSNBC appearance. The extended, in-person interview with anchor Ari Melber, recorded during the coronavirus pandemic, features Harmon’s sharp, legendary wit as he trades stories and some fun barbs with Melber.
Frank Figliuzzi: Until the connection to Trump breaks, ‘we will see people continue down the radicalization trail’
       
Former FBI assistant director for counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi discusses a new DHS terror threat bulletin affirming the potential danger from domestic extremists and how they are fueled by the former president’s rhetoric
Biden kills Trump’s sculpture garden of ‘American heroes’
       
In addition to seminal political and historical figures, Trump’s garden would have included an array of high-profile individuals like basketball player Kobe Bryant, “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek and legendary baseball pitcher Cy Young. Since taking office, Biden has not shied away from undoing parts of Trump’s legacy — much as the former president delighted in chipping away at that of former President Barack Obama, under whom Biden served as vice president. In particular, Biden has departed from Trump in his handling of the racial justice issues that were a fixture of political discussions across the country for much of last year and his approach to law enforcement. Killing Trump’s sculpture garden is a highly symbolic gesture for Biden as little concrete work had been done to bring it to fruition since it was announced last year, outside of naming the people designated for inclusion. Biden also killed Trump’s executive order from May targeting large social media companies, which the former president and fellow Republicans argue discriminate against conservative speech online.
Biden's call for the vaccinated to drop their masks draws mixed results
       
Two White House officials said only a few senior staff members were made aware of the new mask guidelines the day before they were announced. But it was a different scene for the Secret Service agents posted around the White House on Friday, who continued to wear masks. The new guidance also undercuts a frequent Republican attack on Biden for his emphasis on wearing masks and mask mandates put in place by Democratic governors. On Capitol Hill, about half of House members and aides were still wearing masks on Friday, with both Republicans and Democrats appearing hesitant to make the change. Journalists, masked and unmasked, attend the daily press briefing at the White House on Friday.
Shirley Chung of ‘Top Chef’ pivoted her business and became a voice against anti-Asian hate
       
When the pandemic hit, chef and reality TV star Shirley Chung quickly pivoted her restaurant business to manage through the crisis. “Everything that was happening was hitting so close to our hearts,” the 44-year-old said of herself and the chef community in Los Angeles. In response, Chung added extra cleaning services and installed security cameras so that her customers and staff felt safe. In March, Chung took part in the LA Food Gang fundraiser, Let’s Eat Together, which raised almost $60,000 for struggling AAPI restaurants. “There were some digital business innovations happening during the pandemic,” she said.
Latinos are twice more likely than whites to want a Covid vaccine, but cite fears, barriers
       
Unvaccinated Latinos are two times more likely than whites to want a Covid-19 vaccine, highlighting an opportunity for targeted outreach to boost overall vaccination rates, according to a new survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation. A third of all unvaccinated Hispanic adults (33 percent) said they would like to get a Covid-19 shot as soon as possible. That's twice the share among unvaccinated white adults who wish to get vaccinated (16 percent), the foundation's Covid-19 Vaccine Monitor shows. About 35 percent worry that getting a vaccination might negatively affect their own or a family member’s immigration status. Among this group, nearly two-thirds are white (63 percent), 13 percent are Hispanic, 9 percent are Black, and 6 percent are Asian.
Target halts sale of trading cards, including Pokémon, over safety concerns
       
Target said it will temporarily stop selling trading cards, including Pokémon, after a disagreement over the collectibles sparked a fight at a store in Wisconsin. In an emailed statement, a Target spokesperson said that beginning Friday it will "temporarily suspend the sale of MLB, NFL, NBA and Pokémon trading cards within our stores." According to eBay's first-ever State of Trading Cards report, there was a 142 percent surge in domestic sales of sports, collectible card games and non-sport trading cards in 2020 than the year before. In addition, new collectors are entering the trading cards space as another avenue of investment to diversify their portfolios,” said Nicole Colombo, general manager of Collectibles & Trading Cards at ?eBay. Colombo said they believe this newfound enthusiasm for trading cards will keep the same pace in 2021.
U.S. marshal charged in twisted 'rape fantasy' plot against ex-girlfriend
       
A deputy U.S. marshal has been charged in a bizarre plot to frame his ex-girlfriend by luring men to his California home to stage a sexual assault on his wife, federal prosecutors said Friday. Ian Diaz, 43, is accused of launching the scheme after breaking up with his girlfriend around August 2015. The pair were locked in a dispute over a condo they had purchased a few months earlier, according to federal prosecutors. Starting in May 2016, Diaz and his wife created multiple online accounts using his ex-girlfriend’s names and phrases associated with her, according to the indictment. She was sentenced to five years in prison in 2017 after pleading guilty in the plot.
Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit gets green light to race in Preakness Stakes
       
Embattled Kentucky Derby champion Medina Spirit passed his final pre-race drug tests, clearing the way for him to run in the Preakness Stakes, officials said Friday. Earlier this week, the colt's trainer, Bob Baffert, and Preakness organizers made the unusual agreement to test Medina Spirit ahead of Saturday's race in hopes of heading off drug issues that have dogged the Derby winner. Baffert revealed on Sunday that Churchill Downs told him that Medina Spirit tested positive for betamethasone, which put the horse's Derby win earlier this month in question. The last of three blood samples was taken from Medina Spirit on Tuesday and samples all came back clean, the Maryland Jockey Club said in a statement late Friday afternoon. In early action, bettors made Medina Spirit a 9-5 favorite in the 10-horse field.
Proud Boys formed smaller group for Jan. 6, prosecutors say
       
In late December, prosecutors said, Proud Boys Chairman Enrique Tarrio announced the creation of a special chapter within the organization, calling it the Ministry of Self Defense. The Ministry of Self-Defense subgroup "was not to have any interaction with other Proud Boys" coming to Washington on Jan. 6, prosecutors said. The FBI previously said Biggs messaged, "We have a plan," the night before the riot, but court documents have not said what that plan was. Biggs was accused of leading Proud Boys members on Jan. 6 from th